Xavier University of Louisiana men’s tennis defeated St. Thomas 6-1 on Wednesday to extend its home hitting streak to 30 doubles games. Honored in a prematch ceremony was Guillermo Coiras, the only Gold Rush senior. The Gold Rush regular-season finale will be an April 15 noon exhibition in Shreveport, against two-year Tyler Junior College at the LSU-Shreveport courts.
XULA will play host to an NAIA unaffiliated group men’s tournament April 20-22 and attempt to automatically qualify for NAIA nationals. XULA have not lost at home since a 5-4 loss to William Carey on April 12, 2018. Jacobi Bain, Nereo Suarez, Julius Hell and Mathieu Strauss have won in doubles and singles.
Hell and Strauss clinched the doubles with 6-2 wins against Lucas Ribas and Sebastian Mezo on court two. Bain captured doubles by defeating Raul Safont Martinez 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 in first-round singles. Bain and Suarez beat Oliver Andersson and Carlos Vidal Montesinos 6-0 in doubles No.
1. In singles, Hell defeated Bernardo Tajada 6-2, 6-2 in No. 1 doubles. 2, Suarez defeated Vidal Montesinos 6-3, 6-4 at no. ), won 1-0 (12-10) against Jakub Federowicz at number 4, and Jered Wilson won 7-5, 6-3 against Mezo at number 6.
About the XULA
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.