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Top-10 Rush, Nuggets play host to Loyola on Friday

February 6, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — The men's and women's tennis teams of Xavier University of Louisiana will play city rival Loyola at 2 p.m. Friday at XU Tennis Center.
     It will be the season opener for the Gold Nuggets, who are ranked third in the NAIA. It will be the home opener and the second dual match for the Gold Rush, tied for sixth in the NAIA and in the preseason top 10 for the third consecutive year.
     The XU men lost 6-3 at Nicholls State in their opener last Friday.
     Xavier has several in the ITA/NAIA preseason individual rankings:
     •  Men's singles:  Nikita Soifer 22nd nationally/10th in the South; Kyle Montrel 39th/17th.
     •  Men's doubles:  Jordan Harrell-Soifer 13th/fifth.
     •  Women's singles:  Brion Flowers sixth/fourth; Kourtney Howell 21st/ninth.
     •  Women's doubles:  Howell-Flowers third/second.
     New individual rankings will be announced March 12.
     Both Loyola teams are 1-1, with victories against Tougaloo and losses to West Alabama. A year ago Xavier defeated Loyola 9-0 in the women's dual and 7-2 in the men's.
     This is the second season of competition at XU
     Brion Flowers, left, and Kourtney Howell

Brion Flowers, left, and Kourtney Howell are the NAIA's No. 3 women's doubles team.
Tennis Center, a $2.5 million facility which opened in October 2012.
     Weather website Intellicast.com predicts cloudy skies on Friday afternoon with a high temperature of 54.
     XU coach Alan Green said the Gold Nuggets' Saturday match at Southern was postponed and will be rescheduled.


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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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