Saturday, March 12, 2016

XU's French connection earns two more GCAC awards

NEW ORLEANS — It hasn't taken long for freshmen Thomas Setodji and Charlene Goreau to achieve success with Xavier University of Louisiana tennis.
Setodji and Goreau, both French residents who enrolled at XU in January, were named Tuesday as Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Players of the Week for Feb. 29-March 6. It's the second GCAC weekly award for both.
Setodji, from Domont, France, was 2-0 in singles and 2-0 in doubles for the Gold Rush. He defeated Vivien Versier 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 7-6 (10-8) in a 6-2 dual-match victory Friday at NAIA No. 10 William Carey, and he beat William Woods' Marcos Constantino 6-1, 6-2 in a 6-0 home victory Sunday. In doubles, Setodji and Kevin Chaouat beat Clement Fosse and Andreas Brune of William Carey 8-5 and David Barbieri and Adam Deen Qurban of William Woods 8-0.
Goreau, from Toulouse and a graduate of Raymond Naves School, won all three of her singles matches, all at the top flight against top-25 NAIA teams. Goreau defeated Nataliia Baliaeva of William Carey 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, Gisela Amor of LSU-Alexandria 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7) and Paige Smith of William Woods 6-0, 6-1. Goreau and Brandi Nelson won 8-5 in doubles against LSUA's Amor and Ariadna Cabezas.
Setodji is 5-0 in singles and 3-2 and doubles this season, and Goreau is 8-2 in singles and 4-5 in doubles and has a six-match singles win streak.
Both XU teams will travel to Jackson, Miss., to play Saturday against Tougaloo at 10 a.m. and Jackson State at 2 p.m. The Gold Rush are 7-3 and ranked third in the NAIA, and the Gold Nuggets are 4-6 and ranked 14th.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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