The Gold Nuggets' fall season has concluded. They will play dual matches beginning in late January.
They'll try to qualify for the NAIA National Championship for the third consecutive year
and the eighth time in 10 seasons.
Next Home Match:
To be announced. It will be the second season of competition at
the XU Tennis
Center, which was dedicated in October 2012.
The Gold Nuggets
were No. 3
in the NAIA postseason coaches poll of May 22.
The XU women dropped after ranking first in the polls of April 16, April 30
and May 6. Prior to the April 16 poll,
no XU team in any sport had been ranked first in an NAIA poll.
In the Intercollegiate Tennis Association NAIA 2013 postseason rankings,
Xavier had three ranked in singles. Kourtney Howell was sixth, Brion Flowers was
28th, and Amanda Materre was 42nd. The doubles team of Howell and Flowers was third,
dropping after ranking first on April 17. That No. 1 ranking was the first ever
for Xavier in singles or doubles.
Kourtney Howell and Brion Flowers finished third in the NAIA division
of the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships.
The Gold Nuggets finished 19-8 overall and 0-0 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference in 2012-13.
New to the Gold Nuggets on the 2013-14 roster are:
• Nour Abbes of Tunis, Tunisia
• Sha'Nel Bruins of Colfax, La.
• Dasia Harris of Sugar Land, Texas
• Brandi Nelson of Jonesboro, Ga.
Game, Set, Match and Degree:
Of the 31 senior female and male student-athletes to play for Coach Alan Green,
26 received degrees from Xavier or are still enrolled.
• Seven of the last nine XU women's teams qualified for the
NAIA National Championship. The Gold Nuggets qualified in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013,
and the first five teams all won first-round matches.
• XU won seven of eight Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championships
(2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010). There was no GCAC title awarded in 2011, 2012 or 2013,
but the Nuggets added to their titles when they won NAIA unaffiliated group championships in 2012 and 2013.
• The Gold Nuggets were in the NAIA top 25 for 44
consecutive polls from February 2004-March 8, 2011. The streak did not include 2006,
when Xavier did not compete due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina.
• Six consecutive seasons (2004-10) the Gold Nuggets were in the final NAIA top 25.
They appeared in the final top 25 in eight of the past nine seasons.
• The Gold Nuggets had a 54-dual GCAC regular-season win streak.
It began after a 5-4 loss to Spring Hill on April 13, 2002, and it ended February 6, 2010,
when they lost 5-4 at Mobile. Xavier has won 12 straight since Mobile,
giving the Nuggets 66 victories in their last 67 GCAC regular-season duals.
• XU's women have 25 victories against NCAA Division I opponents the last nine seasons.
• Six consecutive XU teams included the GCAC Player of the Year — Dominique Bell
in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008 and Anastesia Opata in 2009 and 2010. The GCAC had no all-conference tennis awards in 2011, 2012 or 2013.
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 and tennis and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and volleyball.
Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
Xavier University of Louisiana
1 Drexel Drive
Campus Box 92
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 520-7329 phone
(504) 520-7934 fax