As reported by the XULA website, Ruben Busch defeated Jered Wilson 6-4, 6-2 in sixth-round singles on Friday, February 3, 2023 to give Tennessee Wesleyan a 4-3 victory against Xavier University of Louisiana, in the men’s first round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association NAIA National Indoor Championships.
The other first-round winners: first-place Georgia Gwinnett, 5-0 vs. Kansas Wesleyan; fourth-ranked Northwestern Ohio, 4-1 vs. Indiana Wesleyan; and runners-up Keizer 4-0 to eighth-ranked Lindsey Wilson. Consolation semifinal today.
All eight teams will play three times in this inaugural event. XULA won the doubles point but never led again. Gold Rush newcomer Julius Hell made it 3 all as he defeated Zoilo Rios 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 on the fourth court. Mathieu Strauss earned his other Gold Rush singles victory, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 against German Delcanto on court three.
Jacobi Bain and Nereo Suarez claimed the doubles with 6-1 victory against Jesus Fernandez and Nicolas Cortes on court one. Strauss and Hell earned XULA’s other doubles win, 6-1 against Gabriel Ortiz and Busch.
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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