Mbali Langa for XULA is the RRAC player of the week 6-12 March!


Xavier University of Louisiana’s Mbali Langa was named Red River Athletic Conference Player of the Week in women’s tennis for March 6-12.

It is the sixth consecutive week that the Gold Nuggets have won the RRAC award. Tianna Dixon, Valentina Largacha and McKenna Wheatley contributed to the streak; Dixon has won each of the last three weeks.

The Gold Nuggets are 13-3 and have won eight straight and 13 of their last 14 games. Afterwards for XULA will be women’s and men’s home games at 3pm. Thursday CDT against city rival Dillard at the XULA Tennis Center.

It’s the first week award for Langa, who is in her first season at XULA and is a junior from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Langa and Valentina Largacha won their #1 doubles match on Saturday 6-2 against Ave Maria’s Lara Teodoro and Vitoria Baranda, seventh in the ITA NAIA standings. In singles Langa won 6-3, 6-0 in the first match against Teodoro, 30th classified.

XULA, fifth ranked in the NAIA, won 4-2 against No. 1 Ave Maria. 15 in Mobile, Ala. The Gold Nuggets are 8-2 this season against ranked teams.

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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