Saturday, February 20, 2016

XU's Bruins, streaking Salwan named GCAC Players of Week

NEW ORLEANS — For the third consecutive week, Xavier University of Louisiana's Karan Salwan is the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week in men's tennis. Xavier completed a sweep of the awards when Sha'Nel Bruins was selected for the women.
The GCAC announced Tuesday the awards, which were for performances Feb. 8-14.
Salwan, a junior from New Delhi, India, and a graduate of Modern School, won in doubles and singles Sunday in the Gold Rush's first-ever victory against NCAA Division I Nicholls State, 6-1 at Thibodaux, La. Salwan teamed with Kyle Montrel for a 6-3 decision against Max Sinn and Evan Karatzas that clinched the doubles point, then Salwan gave Xavier a 3-0 lead in the dual with his 6-4, 6-3 victory against Kieran Cronin.
Bruins, a junior from Colfax, La., and a graduate of Grant High School, won 6-1, 6-0 Saturday on the road in singles against LSU-Alexandria's Paula Gordilla. The GCAC honor is Bruins' first this season and the second of her career.
Both XU teams will compete next in the Green and Gray Invitational at Lawrenceville, Ga. The Rush and Nuggets will play SCAD Savannah (all times Eastern) at 3 p.m. Friday, Georgia Gwinnett at 3 p.m. Saturday and Cumberland at 10 a.m. Sunday. The next XU home dual will start at 3 p.m. Feb. 25 for the men against Troy of NCAA DI.
Xavier's men are 3-2 and ranked fourth in the NAIA coaches poll, and the women are 1-2 and tied for 13th.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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