The Gold Nuggets will travel to Montgomery, Ala., to play Coastal Georgia
at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 7 in the opening round of the AUM Invitational at Lagoon Park Tennis Center.
Both teams are ranked among the NAIA's top 25 —' Xavier is No. 6, and Coastal Georgia is No. 19.
Xavier is trying to qualify for the NAIA National Championship for the third consecutive year
and the eighth time in 10 seasons. (NOTE: Xavier's March 1 duals against
Fisk and Tougaloo in Jackson, Miss., were postponed.)
Next Home Match:
Wednesday, March 12 at 2 p.m. against Oral Roberts at the
Center, which was dedicated in October 2012.
The Gold Nuggets are 4-4 overall and 0-0 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.
The Gold Nuggets are No. 6 in the NAIA coaches poll.
In the Intercollegiate Tennis Association NAIA 2014 preseason rankings,
XU had two ranked singles players. Brion Flowers was sixth,
and Kourtney Howell was 21st. In the doubles rankings,
Howell and Flowers were third. New rankings will be announced March 12.
Xavier won 5-4 against Brenau.
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