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Top-seeded Gold Nuggets to play Wildcats or Mariners

May 7, 2013

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     NEW ORLEANS — Top of the bracket to you, Xavier Gold Nuggets.
     Xavier University of Louisiana on Tuesday was awarded the No. 1 seed for the 2013 NAIA Women's Tennis National Championship at Mobile, Ala. The Gold Nuggets (17-7), No. 1 in the past three coaches polls after ranking 13th in the preseason, were one of eight teams to draw a first-round bye in the 24-team, single-elimination event. Xavier will play in the second round at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 against Indiana Wesleyan or Coastal Georgia. The Wildcats and Mariners will meet in the first round on May 14.
     Copeland-Cox Tennis Center will be the site of all matches. All women's duals are scheduled for 1 p.m.
     The appearance at nationals is the

    
Xavier Women's Tennis at the
NAIA National Championship (5-6)


Date (Day) Round Opponent W/L Score
May 17, 2004 (Mon.) 1st Lee (Tenn.) W 8-1
May 18, 2004 (Tue.) 2nd Auburn Montgomery L 0-5

May 16, 2005 (Mon.) 1st Indiana Southeast W 9-0
May 17, 2005 (Tue.) 2nd Brenau L 0-5

May 12, 2008 (Mon.) 1st McKendree W 7-2
May 13, 2008 (Tue.) 2nd Vanguard L 1-5

May 12, 2009 (Tue.) 1st Union (Ky.) W 8-1
May 13, 2009 (Wed.) 2nd Berry L 3-5

May 18, 2010 (Tue.) 1st Indiana Wesleyan W 6-3
May 19, 2010 (Wed.) 2nd Auburn Montgomery L 0-5

May 15, 2012 (Tue.) 1st Vanguard L 3-6
Nuggets' second in a row and their seventh overall — all in the past nine seasons. But this will be the first time that the XU women have a first-round bye. The Nuggets are 5-1 in the first round at nationals and 0-5 in the second round.
     A victory would make this the first XU women's team in any sport to reach the NAIA quarterfinals. The Nuggets will need four victories to win Xavier's first NAIA national team championship. The championship round is scheduled for Saturday, May 18.
     Junior Kourtney Howell, freshman Brion Flowers and sophomore Amanda Materre are Xavier's top three players. Howell was sixth, Flowers 31st and Materre 37th in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association NAIA singles rankings, and Howell and Flowers were the No. 1 doubles team. Alan Green is in his 10th season as coach of XU's women's and men's teams.
     The Gold Nuggets will enter the tournament with a nine-dual win streak, and they're 10-0 this season against ranked NAIA opponents. They defeated fifth-seeded William Carey and second-seeded Auburn Montgomery on consecutive days in early April. Auburn Montgomery is the two-time defending NAIA champion and winner of eight of the last nine titles and 10 of the last 13.
     Xavier defeated Coastal Georgia 8-1 in the AUM Invitational on March 9. Xavier and Indiana Wesleyan have not met since the Nuggets won 6-3 in the opening round at nationals in 2010. In the coaches poll announced Monday, Coastal Georgia was ranked 16th, and Indiana Wesleyan was 17th.


 

 
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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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