For the third consecutive Sunday, Xavier University of Louisiana women’s tennis defeated a ranked NAIA opponent
This time the Gold Nuggets beat 11th-ranked Lindsey Wilson 4-1 on the final day of the Grizzly Invitational.
Mbali Langa, Valentina Largacha and Tianna Dixon won in doubles and singles for XULA. Dixon and McKenna Wheatley clinched the doubles point with a 6-3 victory against Reshma Challarapu and Parisa Rachdanone. Langa clinched in singles with her 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory against Salome Sposetti on the first court.
Langa and Largacha won 6-2 at No. 1 doubles against Sposetti and Anastasiia Ivanchenko. In singles, Largacha won 6-2, 7-5 against Heyka Rodriguez, and Dixon won 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) against Mayra Gisone. XULA’s Juliette Finch and Valaine Clarke were up a set in their matches when the Gold Nuggets clinched.
Lindsey Wilson is 1-5.
XULA, ranked fifth in the NAIA, finished 2-1 in this event and is 6-3 overall. The Gold Nuggets are 4-2 against ranked opponents, including two victories against Lindsey Wilson.
XULA’s women and men will travel Wednesday to Hattiesburg, Miss., to play William Carey at noon. William Carey’s women are ranked ninth, and the men are seventh.