LSUA eliminates Nuggets in semifinals of XULA tennis tourney

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NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana’s Charlene Goreau and Yi Chen Pao lost semifinal singles matches to LSU-Alexandria Saturday in the XULA Fall Invitational at XULA Tennis Center.

Goreau, seeded first, was denied an opportunity to win her second singles title of the semester when LSUA’s Alba Perny beat her 8-4. Pao fell 8-6 to the Generals’ Laia Charles. The Perny-Charles final was not played.

Goreau and Pao were the No. 1 doubles seed and had a bye into the semifinals, but Perny and Charles defeated them 8-6. Perny and Charles defeated Koral Martinez and Nadia Ochsner of another New Orleans school, Loyola, 8-3 in the final.

Goreau and Pao won the doubles consolation title as a result of walkover victories in each of the last two rounds. Walkover victories are not counted in individual statistics.

Also not played was the singles consolation final between fourth-seeded Martinez and LSUA’s third-seeded Miljana Melojevic. In the semifinals, Martinez upset William Carey’s second-seeded Natalia Baliaeva 8-4, and Melojevic defeated Loyola’s Miranda Cano 8-4.

The women-only event was XULA’s fall finale. The Gold Nuggets and Gold Rush will play their first dual matches of 2018 in late January. The XULA men will seek a third consecutive appearance in the NAIA national finals; they finished second to Georgia Gwinnett in 2016 and 2017.

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