Mbali Langa of Xavier University of Louisiana was chosen as the Red River Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week in women’s tennis from March 27 – April 2. It’s the second weekly award for Langa, a young girl from Johannesburg, South Africa, and the eighth in nine weeks for the Gold Nuggets.
Langa won in doubles and singles in a 4-1 home victory over NAIA No. 17 William Carey. Langa and Valentina Largacha won 6-1 in doubles no. is in 9th place in the ITA NAIA ranking. Langa is 24th. The Gold Nuggets are 19-5 and ranked fourth in the NAIA.
Their regular season finale will kick off at 1pm. CDT April 16 – one week from Sunday – against NAIA no. 3 LSU-Alexandria at XULA Tennis Center. XULA will host the RRAC tournament April 27-29 and attempt to automatically qualify for NAIA Nationals.
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.