MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Xavier University of Louisiana sophomore Brion Flowers rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory against Paula Diaz on Sunday to clinch the Gold Nuggets' 5-4 women's tennis victory against Auburn Montgomery -- the NAIA's No. 1 team and three-time defending national champion -- in the AUM Invitational.
Xavier's men lost 7-2 to Auburn Montgomery. XU's men are ranked ninth, and AUM is second.
The Gold Nuggets (7-4), ranked fifth, defeated a top-ranked team for the first time in the history of the program, which began in the mid-1990s. Xavier won 6-3 at home last season against AUM when the Warhawks were ranked third.