The Gold Nuggets will play Belhaven at noon on Saturday, February 7
at XU Tennis
Center, which was dedicated in October 2012.
women will attempt to qualify for the NAIA National
Championship for the fourth consecutive season.
Xavier lost 6-1 to city rival Tulane.
Nour's National Title:
Nour Abbes defeated Oklahoma Baptist's Anastasiya Baranova 6-1, 6-4
to win the NAIA singles title of the ITA /
USTA National Small College Championships in October. Then Abbes was runner-up to
Lynn's Valentine Confalonieri in the "Super Bowl," losing 6-4, 6-2 in the final.
• story vs. Baranova
• story vs. Confalonieri
The Gold Nuggets are 1-1 overall and 0-0 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference in 2015.
Xavier reached the semifinals of the NAIA National Championship in 2013 and 2014.
The Gold Nuggets were No. 3 in the 2015 NAIA coaches preseason poll.
In the Intercollegiate Tennis Association NAIA rankings of November 20, XU had two ranked
singles players. Nour Abbes was first, and Brion Flowers was 32nd. In the doubles
rankings, Abbes and Carmen Nelson were seventh. The first regular-season rankings of 2015 will be announced March 11.
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.
• Eight of the last 10 XU women's teams qualified for the
NAIA National Championship. The Gold Nuggets qualified in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014,
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, 2013 and 2014.
• 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 31 victories against NCAA Division I opponents during the last 12 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 2013-14 Xavier University of Louisiana women's tennis team.
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