NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana student-athletes received three Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week awards for March 27-April 2: Ariane Williams in women’s track, Taylor Ducros in women’s field and Brandi Nelson in women’s tennis.
Williams, a sophomore from Gonzales, La., and a graduate of East Ascension High School, earned her second GCAC award this season. She finished second Friday in Mike McMillan Invitational 400-meter dash at Clinton, Miss., and reached a B-qualifying standard for next month’s NAIA National Championships. Her time of 57 seconds flat is XULA’s best this season.
Williams has qualified for nationals this season in two events. The other is the 1,600 relay.
Ducros, a freshman from Luling, La., and a graduate of McGehee School in New Orleans, made her collegiate track debut with a second-place finish in the javelin at the McMillan Invitational. Her best mark was 33.59 meters (110 feet, 2 inches). Ducros also plays volleyball for XULA.
Nelson, a senior from Jonesboro, Ga., and a graduate of Faith Academy, won her second GCAC award this season and the third of her career. She was 3-1 Saturday in dual matches against LSU-Alexandria and Grambling at Alexandria, La., and she clinched the Gold Nuggets’ 5-3 victory against Grambling with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 decision against Keren Huppuch Muswere at No. 3 singles. She and Charlene Goreau won both their doubles matches and extended their win streak to five.
XULA’s track and field teams will travel to Alabama for the University of Mobile Invitational at 11 a.m. Friday. XULA women’s tennis has three road matches in five days — 3 p.m. Wednesday at Southern, noon Saturday at Jackson State and 3 p.m. Sunday at NCAA No. 48 Tulane (City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center).