The Xavier University of Louisiana women's tennis improved its hitting streak to nine on Thursday with a 5-2 home win against cross-town rival Dillard. The Gold Nuggets have won 14 of their last 15. They will be returning to the XULA Tennis Center on Saturday for an 8:30am Saturday game with LSU-Shreveport, that competition was postponed a day due to expected rain, so travel to Jackson State of NCAA Division I for a 2 p.m.
tour. Sunday game. As reported by Xavier University of Louisiana website, the XULA continues to thrive without two of its best singles players, Kareemah Muhammad and Juliette Finch, both injured but are expected to return to the field soon.
Mbali Langa and Valentina Largacha grabbed the doubles point on court one, recovering from a 5-4 deficit for a 7-6 (7-4) win against Anja Hrblijan and Kaavya Palani. Yi Chen Pao took sixth position in singles with her 6-1, 6-1 win against Valentina Gomez.
It was Pao's second singles victory this semester and her first in nearly six weeks. Langa won 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 on court one against Palani, Largacha won 6-1, 6-2 against Daria Schoma on court five—Largacha won seven straight and 13 of the last 14 in singles - and McKenna Wheatley won 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 against Truc Tran on court four.
Wheatley and Tianna Dixon moved to 13-0 this semester in doubles after 6-0 wins against Gomez and Schoma on third court.
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. Photo credit: pic by XULA webiste