As reported by the XULA website, Xavier University of Louisiana’s Nereo Suarez was announced Tuesday as the Red River Athletic Conference Player of the Week in men’s tennis for February 13-19. It is the third week in a row that the Gold Rush has won the RRAC award.
Mathieu Strauss was honored for January 30-February 5, and Bain won for February 6-12. Next up for XULA is a Wednesday matchup against William Carey in Hattiesburg, then three games Friday and Saturday in the LSUA tournament in Alexandria and Pineville.
It’s the first prize for Suarez, a freshman from Santa Fe, Argentina. Suarez was 2-0 in singles and 2-1 in doubles to help the Gold Rush win 2 of 3 at the Grizzly Invitational in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Sunday in XULA’s 4-0 win against No.
1 NAIA. 8 Lindsey Wilson, Suarez and Jacobi Bain grabbed the doubles point with a 6-2 win against Sebastian Junqhanns and Ilyas Coichari. Then Suarez beat Coichari 6-3, 1-6, 6-0 in singles. Suarez and Bain grabbed double points in Friday’s 4-0 win against 12th-ranked Cumberland.
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