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NAIA-ranked Nuggets: 2 in singles, 2 doubles teams
April 6, 2009

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana is one of nine NAIA schools with two or more singles players and two doubles teams in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings announced Monday.
     The Gold Nuggets' Anastesia Opata is 19th in singles — up from 22nd in the preseason — and Angelina Callis, making the singles rankings for the first time, is 49th.
     In doubles Callis and Opata are 10th, and Yuliem Dominguez and Colleen McArthur are 25th.
     Opata is a junior from Lawrenceville, Ga., and Central Gwinnett High School. Callis is a junior from Los Angeles and Dorchester (Mass.) High. Dominguez is a senior from Destrehan, La., and Destrehan High School, and McArthur is a junior from Marietta, Ga., and Pace Academy.
     Opata is the second Xavier tennis player to make the top 20 in singles in two seasons. The first was Dominique Bell in 2003-04 and 2006-07. Opata also is the first Xavier player to reach the top 10 with two doubles partners. She and Bell were No. 9 in 2007-08.
     Dominguez and McArthur are the first Xavier doubles team to be ranked in two seasons.
     The ITA ranks 50 singles players and 25 doubles teams. This is the first ranking of NAIA women since the Dec. 1 preseason list.
     Xavier, 13-5 and No. 15 in the NAIA coaches poll, will play its next dual match Thursday at Rome, Ga., against an opponent to be determined — probably a ranked NAIA team. The next NAIA coaches poll will be announced Tuesday.


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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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