The ITA designates as All-America the top 20 singles players and top 10 doubles teams in its postseason individual national rankings. In singles, Richard was ranked third, Micheal 13th and Salwan 15th. In doubles, Richard and Micheal were second — the highest-ever ITA NAIA national ranking for the Gold Rush at any point in a season.
Salwan, from New Delhi, India, is ITA All-America for the second straight year. Micheal is from Kaduna, Nigeria, and Richard is from Laval, Quebec.
Salwan, Micheal and Richard earned berths May 23 on the NAIA's committee-selected All-America team.
Fourteen NAIA schools accounted for the 31 ITA men's All-Americans. National champion Georgia Gwinnett and semifinalist Campbellsville had four honorees apiece, and William Carey, Northwestern Ohio and San Diego Christian joined XULA with three apiece.
The XULA women produced no ITA All-Americans but had three — sophomore Charlene Goreau and seniors Emma Kranendonk and Brandi Nelson — in the final national or South Region rankings.
|XULA's All-Time List of ITA NAIA Men's All-Americans|
2007-08 — Miroslav Vukicevic
2010-11 — Hassan Abbas, Zach Taylor
2011-12 — Loic Didavi, Zach Taylor
2012-13 — Loic Didavi, Kyle Montrel
2013-14 — Kyle Montrel
2014-15 — Kyle Montrel
2015-16 — Kevin Chaouat, Kyle Montrel, Karan Salwan, Thomas Setodji
2016-17 — Moses Micheal, Antoine Richard, Karan Salwan
Most Years Earning ITA All-America: Kyle Montrel 4, Loic Didavi 2, Karan Salwan 2, Zach Taylor 2
|XULA in the 2016-17 End-of-Season ITA NAIA Rankings|
|Antoine Richard (Fr.)-Moses Micheal (Fr.)||2nd||2nd|
|Pierre Andrieu (So.)-Catalin Fifea (Jr.)||12th||5th|
|Tushar Mandlekar (Sr.)-Karan Salwan (Sr.)||20th||9th|
|Charlene Goreau (So.)-Emma Kranendonk (Sr.)||13th||9th|
Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director
XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA