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Bell makes NAIA All-America first team
For immediate release . . . May 21, 2007

Dominique Bell Dominique Bell
NEW ORLEANS — Dominique Bell, a junior on the Xavier University of Louisiana women's tennis team, was selected a first-team NAIA All-American.

Bell is the first Xavier women's tennis player to be named All-America. She was one of 16 chosen to the first team.

A 5-foot-5 junior from Jackson, Miss., and a 2003 graduate of Callaway High School, Bell was 12-3 in singles and 11-5 in doubles this spring for the Gold Nuggets, who won the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championship and ranked 21st in the final NAIA poll.

"I am very happy and excited for Dominique," Xavier Coach Alan Green said. "We set a goal for her to improve over her first two years here. This award shows that all the hard work paid off. I'm proud of her."

Bell this season was selected GCAC Player of the Year for the third time and all-NAIA Region XIII. She was 19th in the NAIA women's singles rankings of May 6.

"I'm excited and a little shocked," Bell said. "I wasn't expecting this. We had a good year but had some tough luck not making nationals. I was surprised that we didn't make nationals and I still made All-America."

Bell is the fourth Xavier athlete this year to earn NAIA recognition. Shawn Dumas was a third-team All-American in men's basketball, and backcourt teammate Mark Stewart earned honorable mention. Guard Jarryn Cleaves was honorable mention in women's basketball.

2007 NAIA Women's Tennis All-Americans
First Team
Player               School                       Cl.   Hometown
Ayda Ardila          Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)       Jr.   Bucaramanga, Columbia
Dominique Bell       Xavier (La.)                 Jr.   Jackson, Mississippi
Candela Castanon     Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)         Sr.   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Kamila Dadkhodjaeva  Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)     Jr.   Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Amy Brown            Vanguard (Calif.)            Sr.   Redding, California
Jennifer Dao         Azusa Pacific (Calif.)       Sr.   Claremont, California
Kristin Hunter       Berry (Ga.)                  Sr.   Loganville, Georgia
Jelena Jovic         Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)       Jr.   Belgrade, Serbia
Hannah Kuervers      Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)     So.   Sonsbeck, Germany
Patricia Llaguno     Berry (Ga.)                  Sr.   Murcia, Spain
Alexandria Mayrat    Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)       Fr.   Perpignan, France
Angie Minova         Fresno Pacific (Calif.)      Jr.   Kiev, Ukraine
Jelena Pandzic       Fresno Pacific (Calif.)      Sr.   Split, Croatia
Ashley Strimple      Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) Sr.   Carlsbad, California
Tereza Veverkova     Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)     So.   Prague, Czech Republic
Natalia Yakimovich   Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)         So.   Minsk, Belarus
Second Team
Player               School                       Cl.   Hometown
Bay Daniels          Azusa Pacific (Calif.)       Jr.   Hemet, California
Kristen Gillman      Ohio Dominican               Jr.   Westerville, Ohio
Christy Greenly      Southern Nazarene (Okla.)    Jr.   Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Daria Ivanova        Southern Nazarene (Okla.)    Sr.   Perm, Russia
Hana Jurcovicova     Vanguard (Calif.)            So.   Slovakia
Anna Karavayeva      Fresno Pacific (Calif.)      Jr.   Kiev, Ukraine
Jennifer Le          Oklahoma Christian           Jr.   Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Chloe Lipp           Savannah Art & Design (Ga.)  Sr.   Sarasota, Florida
Nadia Lysak          Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)     Jr.   Minsk, Belarus
Fadzai Mawisire      Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)         So.   Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Gabriela Nastasa     Oklahoma Christian           So.   Bralia, Romania
Ydeshnee Pillay      Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)     So.   Johannesburg, South Africa
Irina Pljusznyin     Savannah Art & Design (Ga.)  So.   Budapest, Hungary
Betyel Tesfa         Vanguard (Calif.)            Fr.   Stockholm, Sweden
Kim Tran             Azusa Pacific (Calif.)       Jr.   Tustin, California
Kristina Vucenov     Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)       Jr.   Novi Sad, Serbia
Honorable Mention 
Player               School
Isabella Baver       Southern Nazarene (Okla.)
Jillian Becher       Indiana-Southeast
Peggy Bell           Vanguard (Calif.)
Martha Edison        Baker (Kan.)
Emily Kerrick        Georgetown (Ky.)
Audrey Laib          Fresno Pacific (Calif.)
Jenny Townsend       Indiana-Southeast
Jessica Weyreuter    Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Lindsay Woon         Brenau (Ga.)
Natalia Yanes        Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)
Sarah Yost           Georgetown (Ky.)
Dominika Zuzvlova    Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)


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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's and women's teams in basketball, cross country and tennis.

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