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Nereo Suarez for XULA is the RRAC player of the week 6-12 March!

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Nereo Suarez of the Xavier University of Louisiana was announced Tuesday as the Red River Athletic Conference Player of the Week in men’s tennis for March 6-12.

It is the sixth week in a row that the Gold Rush has won the RRAC award. Bain, Mathieu Strauss and Julius Hell also contributed to the streak.┬áThe Gold Rush are 10-4 and ranked eighth in the NAIA. Afterwards for XULA will be men’s and women’s home games at 3pm. CDT Thursday against city rival Dillard at the XULA Tennis Center.

It’s the second consecutive award and third in four weeks for Suarez, a freshman from Santa Fe, Argentina.

Suarez and Jacobi Bain won their #1 doubles match Saturday 6-3 against Ave Maria’s Gustavo Cruz and Ave Maria’s Luca Cirenza. Suarez guided Carlos Thireau 6-3, 6-7 (6-7), 2-0 to No. 4 in singles as the Gyrenes, ranked 13 in the NAIA, earned a 4-0 team decision.

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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