Xavier University of Louisiana is ranked No. 6 in the season coaches poll

As reposted by the Xavier University of Louisiana website, the XULA women’s tennis team was No. 6 in the NAIA women’s tennis preseason coaches poll announced Wednesday.

Xula will open their spring semester program this weekend at 1pm. double road games against NCAA Division I opponents: Saturday in Natchitoches, La., at Northwestern State and Sunday in Mobile, Alabama, against South Alabama.

In the top 25 for the 86th time in a row. In the preseason top 10 for the sixth consecutive season. In the preseason top 25 for the 11th consecutive season and the 17th time in the past 18 seasons.

We recall XULA had 14-15 last season, runners-up at the Red River Athletic Conference Tournament and quarterfinalist at the NAIA Nationals.

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About 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.

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