Saturday, April 2, 2016

XU's Bruins, Albrecht are GCAC Players of the Week

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana juniors Sha'Nel Bruins and Adam Albrecht are the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Players of the Week in tennis for March 21-27.
Bruins, from Colfax, La., and a graduate of Grant High School, won for the fourth time this season and the fifth time in her career. She won 3-of-4 matches, including a pair of comebacks in a 5-4 victory at then-NAIA No. 11 Keiser. In doubles, Bruins and Dasia Harris trailed 7-4, 40-love against Samantha Guy and Livia Toth before rallying for a 9-8 (7-3) victory. In singles, Bruins clinched the dual with a 3-6, 6-0, 6-0 victory against Lola Garcia.
The victory against Keiser was the Gold Nuggets' first victory of the season against a ranked opponent.
Nour Abbes (six in 2014) is the only XU women's tennis player to win more than four GCAC weekly awards in a season. Bruins is one of five to win four times in a season.
Albrecht, from Ladna, Czech Republic, and a graduate of Gymnasium Breclav, won for the second time this season and the third time in his career. He was unbeaten in singles and doubles to help Xavier win road duals at St. Thomas (Fla.) and sixth-ranked Keiser. He extended his singles win streak to a career-best eight matches and helped Xavier snap Keiser's 11-dual win streak.
Xavier's men and women will play Prairie View A&M at 11 a.m. Saturday at XU Tennis Center. The XU men will visit Louisiana-Lafayette in noon and 4 p.m. duals Sunday — their third and fourth meetings this season with the Ragin' Cajuns. All the weekend opponents are NCAA Division I members.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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