Xavier University of Louisiana won the Thomas Howell Cup — the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference’s all-sports award —for the fourth consecutive year.
The Howell Cup, named for the GCAC’s longtime commissioner, is awarded annually to the school with the most points based on order of finish in various sports. Xavier was boosted by GCAC championships in men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s volleyball (regular season and tournament), men’s basketball (regular season), women’s basketball (tournament) and women’s outdoor track and field. Xavier’s women’s tennis team, ranked No. 1 in the NAIA, won an unaffiliated group championship.
Xavier scored 48 points to match its highest total of the past 10 seasons. Edward Waters was second with 39.5 points, and SUNO was third with 29.5. The 1-2-3 order is the same as a year ago.
Xavier trio honored
MOBILE, Ala. — Nour Abbes, Kyle Montrel and Alan Green received Wilson/ITA NAIA awards for Xavier University of Louisiana’s tennis programs Monday night at a banquet honoring the teams which qualified for this week’s NAIA National Championship.
Abbes was chosen Women’s National and Region IV Rookie of the Year. Montrel was selected Men’s Region IV Player to Watch, and Green was chosen Women’s Region IV Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Privateers add to backcourt
The UNO women’s basketball team added three signees for the 2014-15 season with two of the three being from Louisiana. All three are guards and will bolster the depth of the backcourt.
The Louisiana natives are Randi Brown, a 5-foot-8 shooting guard from Central Catholic-Morgan City; and Mariah Wright, a 5-4 guard from Zachary High School. Allison Jacks, a 5-6 guard from Lumberton (Texas) High School, rounds out the trio.
Brown averaged 24.7 points per game in leading CCMC to the Class 1A title last season. Wright, an All-Metro player, averaged 13.2 points and 4.8 assists per game in her senior season; Jacks, the school’s all-time record holder in 3-pointers made, was featured in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” for her long-distance shooting.
“We needed a scorer, and when I look at Allison and Randi, in particular, they can flat out score,” UNO coach Keeshawn Davenport said. “Allison has the long range. She can shoot from 30 feet out without hesitation but can get to rim as well. Randi is all around, very versatile guard who can get the job done. We addressed point guard and scoring guard need.”
Tulane coach Booras honored
Tulane men’s tennis coach Mark Booras program was named the Southern Region Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Tuesday.
Booras guided Tulane to the best season since the program’s return in the fall of 2009. The Green Wave posted a 15-9 record, reaching a season-high ranking of 61st and advancing to the Conference USA Championships title match for the first time since 2005.
LSU’s Vale Costa rookie of year
LSU women’s tennis player Joana Vale Costa was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southern Region Rookie Player of the Year on Tuesday.
Vale Costa adds this honor to a list of postseason awards, as she was named to the All-SEC second team and All-SEC freshman team in April.
Vale Costa finished the season 11-8 overall with a 10-7 record at the No. 1 spot.