Friday, April 21, 2017

Nuggets sign 2 more, including state-champ sprinter

\NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana announced Friday the signing of Ariel Bell of White Castle, La., and White Castle High School and Lauryn Taylor of Sairburn, Ga., and Booker T. Washington High School to athletic scholarships. Both will compete in volleyball; Bell also will be a sprinter in women's track.

Bell is a three-time LHSAA Class 1A outdoor state champion in the 100-meter dash. In 2016 she tied the 1A meet record of 11.91 seconds in that event. In volleyball she was first-team all-district as a senior. Bell is a 5-foot-7 outside hitter.

Taylor, a 5-9 right-side/outside hitter, helped Booker T. Washington reach the quarterfinals of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs her senior year. Academically she ranked among BTW's top five percent each of her four years, and she has compiled 400 hours of community service.

Bell — XULA's fourth volleyball signee for next season — will major in business, and Taylor will major in chemistry/pre-pharmacy.

XULA is a member of the NAIA and the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.

2017-18 XULA Volleyball Signees
Name Pos. Ht. Yr.* Hometown High School
Ariel Bell # OH 5-7 Fr. White Castle, La. White Castle
Eva Le Guillou S 5-9 Fr. Velizy-Villacoublay, France Emmanuel Mounier
Jaida Dowd OH 5-8 Fr. Aurora, Ill. Metea Valley
Lauryn Taylor RS/OH 5-9 Fr. Sairburn, Ga. Booker T. Washington

* XULA athletic classification in 2017-18
# also will compete in track and field

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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