Thursday, June 9, 2016

Chaouat, Montrel, Salwan, Setodji are ITA All-America

NEW ORLEANS — In his first 12 seasons as men's coach at Xavier University of Louisiana, five of Alan Green's student-athletes received a combined nine berths on Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-America teams. Those numbers grew considerably Thursday when a Gold Rush-record four players — Kevin ChaouatKyle MontrelKaran Salwan and Thomas Setodji — were named ITA All-America.

The ITA designates as All-America the top 20 singles players and top 10 doubles teams in its postseason individual national rankings. In singles, Salwan was ranked third, Setodji fifth and Montrel eighth. In doubles, Chaouat and Setodji were fourth, and Montrel and Salwan were sixth.

Montrel, a senior from Atlanta and a graduate of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, is ITA All-America for the fourth consecutive year. Salwan's No. 3 ranking is the Gold Rush's highest ever in NAIA singles at any point in a season. Salwan is a junior from New Delhi, India, and a graduate of Modern School.

Chaouat is a senior from Sarcelles, France, and Setodji is a freshman from Domont, France.

Salwan, Setodji and Montrel earned berths May 24 on the NAIA's committee-selected All-America first team.

In the ITA's final South Region rankings, Salwan, Setodji and Montrel were 3-4-6 in singles, and Chaouat-Setodji and Montrel-Salwan were 2-3 in doubles.

The Gold Rush this year became the first XU team in any sport to reach the championship final of an NAIA national tournament. The Gold Rush lost 5-2 to Georgia Gwinnett in the title round May 21 at Mobile, Ala., finished 17-8 and earned a No. 2 ranking in the postseason coaches poll.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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