The Gold Nuggets will play Oklahoma Baptist or Our Lady of the Lake at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 25 in
the semifinals of the NAIA Unaffiliated Group 2 Tournament
in New Orleans. XU Tennis
Center and University Tennis Center (at the University of New Orleans)
will be tournament venues. UNO will be the venue of the Gold Nuggets' Friday dual. The women's draw will feature three top-10 teams —
No. 1 Georgia Gwinnett, No. 2 Xavier and No. 10 Oklahoma Baptist.
The Gold Nuggets are 13-6 overall and 0-0 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.
The Gold Nuggets are No. 2 in the NAIA coaches poll.
In the Intercollegiate Tennis Association NAIA rankings of April 16,
XU had three ranked singles players. Nour Abbes was second, Kourtney Howell was 16th, and Brion Flowers was 27th.
In the doubles rankings,
Howell and Flowers were fifth. Postseason rankings will be announced May 28.
Xavier won 6-3 at home against NCAA Division I opponent Southern.
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 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 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