Gold Rush win team tennis scoring at HBCU National Championships

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COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — For the third time in its last six attempts, Xavier University of Louisiana men’s tennis is the team champion of the HBCU National Championships.

The Gold Rush, a longtime NAIA power, scored 18 points to win the title against a field that included four NCAA Division I teams. Alcorn State was the runner-up with 15 points, and Jackson State was third with 11 1/2.

Tournament organizers ended the event because of rain Saturday evening and more rain in the forecast for Sunday. XULA’s accomplishments included:

• Santiago Perez and Shaikh Abdullah winning the A-doubles title with a 6-3 decision against Alcorn’s David Pata and Luka Andonov.
• Producing both finalists in B-doubles. Fourth-seeded Jacobi Bain and Juan Ramirez will play teammates Guillermo Coiras and Dedric Ray for that title on a future date at XULA Tennis Center, said Coach Alan Green.
• Perez reached the A-singles final, and Bain reached the C-singles final. Neither championship match was completed.

XULA also won the HBCU men’s title in 2015 and 2016. The tournament was not played in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

For the first time in XULA history, the Gold Rush and the Gold Nuggets won HBCU team titles in the same season. XULA outscored Jackson State 20-17 to capture the women’s title.

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