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NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana, owner of the longest current active win streak in NAIA women's tennis, was announced Monday as one of 24 teams selected for the NAIA National Championships.xula shield

The Gold Nuggets — 17-7 and winner of a school-record 14 straight dual matches — qualified for the seventh consecutive season, the 10th time in 11 years and the 12th time overall. XULA received an at-large bid.

The final pretournament step — the NAIA's announcement of the bracket and seedings — will occur no later than 1 p.m. Tuesday. The five-day tournament will begin May 15 at Coprland-Cox Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.

The top eight seeds will receive first-round byes and play their first matches May 16. The XULA women — No. 3 in the coaches poll announced his past Tuesday — are expected to receive a bye, as they did in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

The Gold Nuggets, eliminated in the round of 16 last season, reached the national semifinals in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

This is the seventh consecutive year and the ninth time in 10 years that both XULA tennis teams qualified for nationals. The XULA men received their 10th consecutive bid to nationals Monday.

~XULA Sports Information

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