Nereo Suarez for XULA is the RRAC men’s player of the week!


Nereo Suarez of Xavier University of Louisiana was selected as the Red River Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week in men’s tennis March 27-April 2.

The XULA men are 15-6 years old and ranked eighth in the NAIA. The Gold Rush regular season finale will be a noon performance April 15 in Shreveport, La., against two-year Tyler Junior College at the LSU-Shreveport Courthouses. XULA will host a non-NAIA affiliated group men’s tournament on April 20-22 and attempt to automatically qualify for NAIA nationals.

It’s the fourth weekly award for Suarez, a freshman from Santa Fe, Argentina, and the ninth straight week-long gold rush win.

Suarez won in doubles and singles in a 4-0 home victory against NAIA No. 7 William Carey. Suarez and Jacobi Bain won 6-2 in No. 1 doubles against Thomas Drapeau and Jean Nicolas Leblanc, then Suarez captured doubles – and William Carey’s first men’s XULA knockout in 13 years – on third-course singles with his 1-6, 6-4, 7-5 decision against Noah Rockstroh.

Suarez and Bain have won nine of their last 10 in doubles and are ranked third in the ITA NAIA doubles rankings as of mid-March. The team’s win was XULA’s fourth this season against a top 10 NAIA opponent.

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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