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XU's Pieri, Jackson, Reuther sweep GCAC weekly awards

Matt Pieri

Matt Pieri
     Zahri Jackson

Zahri Jackson
     Taylor Reuther

Taylor Reuther
     September 5, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Matt Pieri, Zahri Jackson and Taylor Reuther swept the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference weekly awards for Aug. 29-Sept. 4.
     Pieri and Jackson are the GCAC's inaugural Runners of the Week of the 2011 cross country season. Reuther is the GCAC Player of the Week in women's volleyball for the second consecutive time.

     Pieri, a junior from New Orleans and a graduate of Brother Martin High School, ran 5,000 meters in a career-best 16 minutes, 55.71 seconds Thursday to finish eighth out of 83 runners in the Mississippi College Opener at Clinton, Miss. It's the seventh time that Pieri has won a GCAC weekly award.
     Jackson, a freshman from Kingwood, Texas, and a graduate of Kingwood Park High School, made her collegiate debut by running 4,000 meters in a school-record 16:27.58 to finish seventh out of 102 runners at the Mississippi College Opener. Jackson broke the Xavier record by more than 30 seconds.
     Reuther, a freshman from Metairie, La., and a graduate of St. Mary's Dominican High School in New Orleans, had 12 kills and 15 digs to lead the Gold Nuggets to a five-set victory against Mobile in XU's home opener. Reuther has kill-dig double-doubles in both Xavier matches this season.
     Xavier's volleyball team will travel to Mobile, Ala., to play Spring Hill at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Xavier's next cross country meet will be the Four Points by Sheraton Loyola Wolfpack Invitational at Metairie's Lafreniere Park on Saturday. The meet, Xavier's only local competition of the season, will start at 8 a.m.


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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 teams in basketball, cross country and tennis and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and volleyball.

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