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Xavier opens season this week with Division I opponents
January 25, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana, one of the NAIA's best tennis programs in recent years, will play five men's opponents and eight women's opponents from NCAA Division I in 2011.
     Alan Green, in his eighth season as coach of the Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets, announced Tuesday the spring portion of the schedules.
     XU's men will open their season at 3 p.m. Friday with a dual match against D-I member Kennesaw State at City Park Tennis Center. At noon Saturday the XU women will play D-I member and city rival Tulane at the Green Wave's Goldring Stadium.
     Both the Rush and Nuggets will play Prairie View A&M and Nicholls State on the road in February. The XU men also will visit Tennessee State and play host to Radford, and the XU women will play host to Southeastern Louisiana, Southern, Rutgers, New Orleans and South Alabama.
     Xavier likely will face ranked NAIA opponents in the Oklahoma Christian Invitational in late February and the Auburn Montgomery Invitational in mid-March. Matchups for those events will be announced later.
     "These schedules will be plenty competitive," Green said. "Now it's up to our players to step up and compete at a high level."
     That hasn't been a problem at Xavier. During Green's tenure his teams recorded 18 wins against men's opponents and 23 against women's teams from NCAA Division I. The Gold Rush have been ranked in the last five final NAIA coaches polls (16th in 2010) and women were ranked in the last six polls (19th in 2010). His teams are a combined 7-0 in the first round at the NAIA National Championship.
     Reorganization of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference in 2010 — six members departed, two joined — leaves the GCAC with only three tennis-playing members for 2011: Xavier, Fisk and Tougaloo. Xavier will play those schools one time apiece at home, but there will be no GCAC championship awarded this season. Instead Xavier will try to automatically qualify for the NAIA National Championship in a regional qualifying tournament featuring teams from other non-qualifying conferences and independent Lambuth.
     Xavier will use two sites for home matches this season: the University of New Orleans Tennis Center and City Park Tennis Center.


2011 Xavier Women's Tennis Schedule
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January
29 Saturday: at Tulane, noon
30 Sunday: LOYOLA, noon (1)

February
2 Wednesday: SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA, 4 p.m. (1)
3 Thursday: WEST ALABAMA, 1 p.m. (1)
5 Saturday: • TOUGALOO, 2 p.m. (1)
11 Friday: Our Lady of the Lake, 10 a.m. (3)
11 Friday: at Prairie View A&M, 3 p.m.
12 Saturday: Bethany (Kan.), 10 a.m. (3)
13 Sunday: at Nicholls State, 1 p.m.
25 Friday-27 Sunday: at Oklahoma Christian Invitational, Oklahoma City

March
5 Saturday: SOUTHERN, 10 a.m. (1)
11 Friday-13 Sunday: at AUM Invitational, Montgomery, Ala.
16 Wednesday: RUTGERS, 3 p.m. (2)
22 Tuesday: SCAD ATLANTA, 3 p.m. (1)
27 Sunday: at New Orleans, 10 a.m. (1)

April
2 Saturday: • FISK, 11 a.m. (site TBA)
9 Saturday: at William Carey, 11 a.m.
16 Saturday: SOUTH ALABAMA, 11 a.m. (site TBA)
TBA: NAIA National Championship qualifying tournament

May
17 Tuesday-21 Saturday: NAIA National Championship at Mobile, Ala.

Home matches in BOLD TYPE
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference match
All times are Central except where noted
(1) at University of New Orleans Tennis Center
(2) at City Park Tennis Center
(3) at Prairie View, Texas
TBA — to be announced

       2011 Xavier Men's Tennis Schedule
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January
28 Friday: KENNESAW STATE, 3 p.m. (2)
30 Sunday: LOYOLA, noon (1)

February
3 Thursday: WEST ALABAMA, 1 p.m. (1)
5 Saturday: • TOUGALOO, 2 p.m. (1)
11 Friday: Our Lady of the Lake, 10 a.m. (3)
11 Friday: at Prairie View A&M, 3 p.m.
12 Saturday: Bethany (Kan.), 10 a.m. (3)
13 Sunday: at Nicholls State, 1 p.m.
18 Friday: Martin Methodist (4), 4 p.m.
20 Sunday: at Tennessee State, 10 a.m.
25 Friday-27 Sunday: at Oklahoma Christian Invitational, Oklahoma City

March
9 Wednesday: RADFORD, 10 a.m. (2)
11 Friday-13 Sunday: at AUM Invitational, Montgomery, Ala.
22 Tuesday: SCAD ATLANTA, 3 p.m. (1)
27 Sunday: at New Orleans, 10 a.m. (1)

April
2 Saturday: • FISK, 11 a.m. (site TBA)
9 Saturday: at William Carey, 11 a.m.
TBA: NAIA National Championship qualifying tournament

May
17 Tuesday-21 Saturday: NAIA National Championship at Mobile, Ala.

Home matches in BOLD TYPE
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference match
All times are Central except where noted
(1) at University of New Orleans Tennis Center
(2) at City Park Tennis Center
(3) at Prairie View, Texas
(4) at Nashville, Tenn.
TBA — to be announced

 

 
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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).
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