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Women's Volleyball
updated October 21, 2014

Head Coach:   Hannah Lawing (second season), (504) 520-7255 or hlawing@xula.edu
Assistant Coach and Recruiting Contact:  Hilary Lobenstein (first season), (504) 520-5344 or hlobenst@xula.edu
Publicity Contact:   Ed Cassiere, (504) 520-5707 or ecassier@xula.edu

Next:   The Gold Nuggets will play Voorhees in a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference match at Leonard E. Dawson Center in Denmark, S.C., at 1 p.m. EDT on Sunday, October 26. Note that the match was pushed back one day. Xavier is the three-time defending champion of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular season and tournament and appeared in each of the last three NAIA National Championships.

The Record:   Xavier is 13-4 overall and 9-0 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.

Next Home Match:   Thursday, October 30 at 7 p.m. against GCAC opponent SUNO at the Convocation Center. Admission is free for all. It will be XU's Dig Pink Match — wear pink for breast cancer awareness. Susan G. Komen New Orleans is a co-sponsor.

Most Recently:   Xavier won 25-9, 25-13, 25-19 at Talladega.
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Recruiting:   The Gold Nuggets signed five for 2014:
  •  Jada Broussard of Breaux Bridge, La.
  •  Ralitsa Hadzhistoyanova of Razlog, Bulgaria
  •  Kayla Jones of Kansas City, Kan.
  •  Kaelan Temple of Houston, Texas
  •  Jelena Vujicic of Belgrade, Serbia
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Current XU Streaks:
  •  Overall:  Won 2 in a row
  •  Home:  Won 2 in a row
  •  Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Regular Season:  Won 43 in a row
  •  Overall vs. GCAC Opponents:  Won 52 in a row (including tournaments)
  •  Against HBCUs:  Won 50 in a row (and 56 of the last 58)
  •  Against Louisiana Opponents:  Won 15 in a row

In 2013:   Xavier was 26-8 overall — that's a school record for victories in a season — and 12-0 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. The Gold Nuggets were unbeaten in the GCAC for the third consecutive regular season. They also set a school record with a 20-match win streak.

Championship Grade:   The 2013 volleyball team was the first at XU in any sport to have six Capital One Academic All-District nominees. Congratulations to Jodi Chatters, Chinedu Echebelem, Jodi Hill, Franziska Pirkl, Alexandria Rencher and Taylor Reuther for qualifying.
  •  Q&A with 5 of the nominees  (PDF)

2013 Highlights:   click here

All-GCAC:   Moira Kirk, Taylor Reuther and Franziska Pirkl were repeat first-team selections in 2013. Kirk and Reuther made the first team for the third consecutive year.
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High Grade:   Taylor Reuther in 2012 was the first XU female in any sport to be named Capital One Academic All-America.
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A Proud Tradition:   Under Xavier's current head coaches (all sports), 125 of 130 senior student-athletes received degrees from Xavier or are still enrolled.

     FREE ADMISSION to all Xavier
women’s volleyball home matches during the 2014 regular season

Did you
Xavier women's volleyball received
an NAIA Scholar-Team award for 2013-14
after compiling a team GPA of 3.11

2011 GCAC Tournament champions

Xavier finished 23-7 in 2011, won its first GCAC regular-season and tournament championships and made its first appearance in the NAIA National Championship. The winning season was the Gold Nuggets' first.


Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
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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Campus Box 92
New Orleans, LA 70125
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