Julius Hell of XULA is the RRAC men’s player of the week!


Julius Hell of Xavier University of Louisiana is the Red River Athletic Conference player of the week in men’s tennis for the second time this season. It is the eighth consecutive award for the XULA men.

The RRAC announced on Tuesday that Hell, a freshman from Pforzheim, Germany, was the recipient for March 20-26.

Hell was the only Gold Rush player to go 3-0 in doubles and 3-0 in singles. Lui won twice against West Florida, the seventh ranked team in the NCAA Division II. His 7-5, 6-0 win against Bernardo Costa of the Argonauts on Saturday was Inferno’s 11th consecutive singles appearance. Hell, who signed up for XULA in January, is 15-1 in singles.

West Florida defeated the Gold Rush 6-1. XULA won 7-0 against D3 Millsaps and 4-3 against Southern Arkansas, ranked 48th in D2. The Gold Rush, 13-6 and ranked 9th in the NAIA, will host No. 7 William Carey at noon CDT Saturday at the XULA Tennis Center.

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

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