Xavier University of Louisiana women’s team defeated 11th-ranked Lindsey Wilson 4-1 in the final day of the Grizzly Invitational. XULA, fifth ranked in the NAIA, finished 2-1 in this event and is 6-3 overall. The Gold Nuggets are 4-2 against ranked opponents, including two wins against Lindsey Wilson.
As reported by XULA website, Mbali Langa, Valentina Largacha and Tianna Dixon won in doubles and singles for XULA. Dixon and McKenna Wheatley grabbed the doubles point with a 6-3 win against Reshma Challarapu and Parisa Rachdanone.
Langa conquered the singles with her 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory against Salome Sposetti in the first court. Langa and Largacha won 6-2 at double no. 1 against Sposetti and Anastasiia Ivanchenko. In singles, Largacha won 6-2, 7-5 against Heyka Rodriguez and Dixon won 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) against Mayra Gisone.
XULA’s Juliette Finch and Valaine Clarke were up a set in their matches when the Gold Nuggets won.
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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