NEW ORLEANS, La. (www.xula.edu/athletics) - Claudia Haywood and Jada Broussard combined for 22 kills Saturday, and Franziska Pirkl recorded her fourth double-double in five matches to lead Xavier University of Louisiana to a 25-23, 25-11, 25-22 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women's volleyball victory against Philander Smith.
The Gold Nuggets (5-2, 3-0) have won five straight. They've won 46 consecutive matches against GCAC opponents - 37 in the regular season - and 44 straight against HBCUs.
JONESBORO, Ga. (www.xula.edu/athletics) - Xavier University of Louisiana's sixth-seeded Nour Abbes defeated Southern's third-seeded Darnesha Moore 6-4, 6-0 Saturday to win the women's A-flight singles title of the HBCU Tennis National Championships.
Abbes was one of three Xavier sophomores to win a title. Adam Albrecht beat Prairie View A&M's James Jackson 8-1 in the men's C-flight consolation final, and Sha'Nel Bruins defeated Prairie View's Stacy Lackey 8-6 for the women's C-flight consolation title.
BATON ROUGE, La. (www.xula.edu/athletics) -- Xavier University of Louisiana posted its best-ever finishes -- third place for the women, fourth place for the men -- in the LSU Invitational cross country meet Saturday.
Led once again by seniors Catherine Fakler and Kwame Jackson, both the Gold Nuggets and Gold Rush finished ahead of two NCAA Division I teams. Xavier competes in the NAIA.
Fakler ran 5,000 meters in 19 minutes, 10.99 seconds to place eighth out of 48 women. Jackson ran the men's 5K in 16:15.94 and finished 11th out of 54 runners.
(New Orleans, La.) The Lady Bleu Devils took care of business against Talladega College (25-11, 25-14, 25-20) in the Battlefield at Dent Hall and remain unbeaten in conference play.