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GCAC weekly honors for XU's Jackson, Rolland, Svoboda

March 25, 2013

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Zahri Jackson, Devinn Rolland and Viktor Svoboda were selected Monday as Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Players/Athletes of the Week for March 18-24.
     All three are repeat winners. Jackson won the women's track award for the second time in four weeks. Rolland won the women's field award for the fourth time in as many weeks, and Svoboda won in men's tennis for the second time in three weeks and the third time in his career.
     Zahri Jackson

Zahri Jackson
     Devinn Rolland

Devinn Rolland
     Viktor Svoboda

Viktor Svoboda
     Jackson, a sophomore from Kingwood, Texas, and a graduate of Kingwood Park High School, was part of two NAIA season-best performances Saturday at the LSU Relays in Baton Rouge, La. Jackson ran 800 meters in 2 minutes, 12:01 seconds, and she teamed with Rolland, Tramaine Shannon and Chartia Hurt for 3:54.13 in the 1,600 relay. Both times are the only NAIA A-standard qualifying marks in those events so far this outdoor season.
     Rolland, a sophomore from Harvey, La., and a graduate of Cabrini High School, long jumped 18 feet, 2 inches to meet the NAIA's B-standard. She has met the A-standard three times this season in this event.
     Svoboda, a junior from Kamenice, Czech Republic, and a graduate of Vitezna Plan High School, won in doubles and singles in Xavier's only dual match of the week, a 4-3 victory at NCAA Division I's University of New Orleans on Wednesday. Svoboda and Nikita Soifer clinched the doubles point with an 8-5 decision against Abdelrahman Zaki and Hossam Meligy, and Svoboda rallied to beat Meligny 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 in singles and tie the dual at 3.
     Xavier's track teams are idle this week but will resume competition April 5 in the Mississippi College Twilight Invitational and April 13 in the GCAC Championships at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans. Both XU tennis teams are in Florida for duals with Webber International on Tuesday, Northwood on Wednesday and Embry-Riddle on Thursday.


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

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