Tuesday, April 5, 2016
3 from XU are repeat winners of GCAC weekly awards
NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Sha'Nel Bruins, Thomas Setodjiand Christopher Kennie, no strangers to Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player and/or Performer of the Week awards, were honored again Tuesday for their efforts March 28-April 3.
Bruins won in GCAC women's tennis for the third consecutive week, the fifth time this season and the sixth time in her career. Setodji, a freshman, won in men's tennis for the third time. Kennie is the men's field performer for the second consecutive week and the fourth time in his career.
Bruins, a junior from Colfax, La., and a graduate of Grant High School, won in doubles and singles against NCAA Division I Prairie View A&M and helped Xavier win that dual 6-3. She also won in singles against NAIA No. 11 Northwestern Ohio. Bruins' five GCAC weekly awards are the second-most ever in a season by an XU women's tennis player.
Setodji, from Domont, France, was 3-0 in singles and 2-1 in doubles. Setodji and Kevin Chaouat defeated the ITA's second-ranked NAIA doubles team, Daniel Rueda and Thommy Johansson of Northwestern Ohio, 8-6 en route to a 6-3 Xavier dual victory — Xavier's first-ever dual team victory against an NAIA top-5 opponent. Setodji also recorded singles victories against Prairie View A&M and Louisiana-Lafayette.
Kennie, a senior from New Orleans and a graduate of Holy Cross High School, produced a career best of 6.65 meters (21 feet, 10 inches) in the long jump at the Mississippi College Twilight Invitational. Kennie's mark in this event is the best by an XU student-athlete this season.
Next competition for these XU teams:
• Women's tennis: 2 p.m. Wednesday vs. Southern at XU Tennis Center — note that the start time has been moved up one hour.
• Men's tennis: 1 p.m. Sunday vs. Jackson State at XU Tennis Center. The XU women also will play Jackson State at this site and time.
• Men's and women's track and field: 9 a.m. Saturday in the Leon Johnson NSU Invitational at Natchitoches, La.
Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director
XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA