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State Legislature proclaims Xavier Gold Nuggets Day

June 2, 2014

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     BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana Legislature commended the Xavier University of Louisiana women's tennis team for its accomplishments in 2013-14 and declared June, 2, 2014, as Xavier Gold Nuggets Day.
     Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, and Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, were the authors of House Concurrent Resolution No. 215, which recognized the team.
     The Gold Nuggets finished 17-7, reached the semifinals of the NAIA National Championship for the second consecutive season and ranked third in the NAIA postseason coaches poll. Twice during the season they ranked No. 1 in the NAIA. Women's tennis is the only XU sport to reach the NAIA's national semifinals.
     Xavier University of Louisiana women's tennis team

At the State Capitol, from left: Brandi Nelson, Carmen Nelson, coach Alan Green, Rep. Walt Leger, Kourtney Howell, Director of Athletics and Recreation Jason Horn and Sha'Nel Bruins.
     Coach Alan Green and four of his student-athletes — Kourtney Howell, Brandi Nelson, Carmen Nelson and Sha'Nel Bruins — traveled to the State Capitol to hear the reading of the resolution on the floor of the House and Senate on Monday. Jason Horn, XU director of athletics and recreation, also attended.
     "I was surprised at how big a deal it turned out to be," said Howell, a three-time All-American and a senior from Cypress, Texas. "I've never received anything like that before. It was a really good experience."
     It was the second trip to the State Capitol — her first since a fifth-grade field trip — for Bruins, a freshman from Colfax, La.
     "It was an honor to be part of this season and the big accomplishments we made to receive this recognition," Bruins said. "It was great to receive an honor of this magnitude in front of the Louisiana Legislature."
     Carter read the names of all team members and said of Nour Abbes — a freshman who was 17-0 in singles and earned a slew of national awards — "She's the truth."


 

 
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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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