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In the Mississippi Valley,
In the Crescent Bend
Stands our loved and noble Xavier,
Far her praises send.
Wave her colors bear them onward
Gold and white so true
Hail to thee, all hail, dear Xavier
Hail, all hail, X.U.!
Xavier, ever be our guide
And lead us on the way,
Through life's journey, onward, upward
To the eternal day. (Refrain)
Rush, Nuggets seek automatic bids at NAIA qualifier
April 28, 2011
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The postseason
begins Friday for the Xavier University of Louisiana tennis teams
in a qualifying tournament for the NAIA National Championship at
The event is for
conferences which did not qualify for automatic bids to the national
tournament. But automatic bids will be awarded to the men's and
women's champions of this two-day tourney.
The Gold Rush (11-9), ranked 11th in the
NAIA coaches poll, are seeded first in the four-team men's bracket
and will play fourth-seeded Bethel (Tenn.) (5-13) at 1:30 p.m. EDT.
XU's women (3-17), still receiving votes in the national poll,
are seeded second out of eight teams and will play seventh-seeded
Union (Ky.) (2-8) at 10 a.m. EDT.
XU seeks its fourth consecutive berth
in the women's draw of the NAIA National Championship and its third
consecutive berth in the men's field. The national tournament will
start May 17 in Mobile, Ala.
"That's a primary goal every year — to
get our teams to nationals and then see how far they can go," eighth-year XU Coach Alan
Green said. "There are automatic bids on the line. We want to get those bids
this weekend and, in the case of our men, not have to depend
on an at-large selection."
XU's men reached the top 10 for the first time
in the program's history on March 8 and stayed there for two additional
polls. A 6-3 victory at Vanguard on March 4 was the Gold Rush's first
against an NAIA top-10 opponent.
The Gold Nuggets have dropped six straight
and 15 of their last 16 duals. But after playing the entire regular
season with just five players, walk-on freshman Courtney Martin was
added to the postseason roster to help the Nuggets avoid forfeits
at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles.
Seniors Hassan Abbas (13-6 singles, 13-7 doubles) of the Rush
and Melissa DeLoach (7-15 singles, 11-11 doubles) of the Nuggets lead their respective
teams in combined victories.
Martin Methodist, ranked 23rd in the men's poll,
is seeded second in the qualifier. XU beat Martin Methodist 6-3 in
Nashville, Tenn., on Feb. 18.
Martin Methodist's 18th-ranked women are
seeded first. The Gold Nuggets are seeded one spot higher than Milligan,
even though Milligan received 39 more points than XU
in the most recent national poll.
Coach Alan Green, middle, hopes to take his
women to the NAIA National Championship for the fourth
consecutive year and his men for the third straight year.
NAIA National Championship
(seedings in parentheses)
Semifinals — Friday
Xavier (1) vs. Bethel (Tenn.) (4)
Martin Methodist (2) vs. Cumberland (3)
Quarterfinals — Friday
Xavier (2) vs. Union (Ky.) (7)
Milligan (3) vs. Bethel (Tenn.) (6)
Martin Methodist (1) vs. Reinhardt (8)
Cumberland (4) vs. Tennessee Wesleyan (5)