NEW ORLEANS — For the first time in four years, Xavier University of Louisiana's men's tennis team will play in the first round at the NAIA National Championship.
The Gold Rush (11-11), ranked ninth nationally, will play Great Plains Athletic Conference champion Hastings (13-12) at 1 p.m. on May 13 in Mobile, Ala. The NAIA announced Tuesday the top eight seeds and pairings for the five-day, 24-team tournament.
Copeland-Cox Tennis Center (851 Gaillard Drive, zip code 36608, phone 251-208-5181) will be the site of all matches. All men's duals are scheduled for 1 p.m. Mobile is the tournament site for the 11th consecutive year.
Xavier will appear in the tournament for the sixth consecutive year. The Gold Rush received an at-large bid after losing 5-1 at home to third-ranked and unbeaten Georgia Gwinnett in the championship of the NAIA Unaffiliated Group 2 Tournament on April 26.