Up next for XULA, 3-1 and fifth-ranked in the NAIA, will be three games in the Grizzly Invitational in Lawrenceville, Friday against Cumberland, 1pm Saturday against Georgia Gwinnett and Sunday at 10am against Lindsey Wilson.
Cumberland was 13th, Georgia Gwinnett first and Lindsey Wilson eighth in the NAIA Preseason Coaches Poll, but new rankings will be announced Wednesday. Menwhile, As reported by the XULA website, Xavier University of Louisiana’s Jacobi Bain was announced on Tuesday as the RRAC Weekly Winner for February 6-12.
Bain won multiple end-of-season men’s tennis awards as a freshman in 2022, but no Red River Athletic Conference Player of the Week awards. Those went to teammates who played higher up the singles lineup, eight awards in all.
Bain, is now XULA’s No. 1. Bain, of Nassau, Bahamas, won doubles and singles Sunday in XULA’s only game of the week, a 4-3 home win over cross-town rival Loyola. Bain and Dedric Ray beat Hippolyte de Preville and Aubin Duchier of the Wolf Pack 6-2 on the second court of doubles, then Bain won 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 against Francisco Javier Arce Vieyra.
It is the second week in a row that the Gold Rush has won the RRAC award. Mathieu Strauss was awarded for January 30-February. 5.
Xavier University of Louisiana is a private, historically black, Catholic university in New Orleans, Louisiana.
It is the only Catholic HBCU and, following the canonization of Katharine Drexel in 2000, became the first Catholic university founded by a saint. Senator Barack Obama gave the keynote address in August 2006. The Archbishop of New Orleans, Alfred C.
Hughes, declined to attend, arguing that Obama was not against abortion and that he had not been consulted before the ‘event. Obama returned after becoming president, visiting New Orleans in August 2010 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
He gave Xavier a speech complimenting the community leaders’ work and affirming their commitment to continue to help rebuild the area. Xavier’s athletic teams are called the Gold Rush and the Gold Nuggets. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, primarily participating in the Red River Athletic Conference as of the 2021-22 academic year XULA competes in 12 intercollegiate varsity sports: men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, tennis, and track and field; women’s sports include basketball, cross country, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball; and coed sports include competitive cheering. Previous sports included football. Photo credit: pic by XULA webiste