Thursday, June 9, 2016

Salwan selected men's Louisiana Newcomer of the Year

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana men's tennis standout Karan Salwanhas been chosen to the 2015-16 All-Louisiana collegiate first team and as Newcomer of the Year.
XU's Thomas Setodji made the second team, and Kyle Montrel received honorable mention. The All-Louisiana women include Xavier's Charlene Goreau on the second team.

A Louisiana Sports Writers Association panel of sports information directors selected the teams, which the LSWA announced late Saturday.

Salwan, a junior from New Delhi, India, and a graduate of Modern School, was 22-5 in singles and 25-5 doubles in his debut XU season after transferring from Utah State. Salwan produced 10 singles victories and 10 doubles victories vs. NCAA Division I, including New Orleans, Louisiana-Lafayette, Nicholls State, Troy, Southern Miss and Big South Conference runner-up Presbyterian.

Salwan is the fourth Gold Rush player in the last seven seasons to receive Newcomer of the Year. Hassan Abbas (2009-10), Loic Didavi (2011-12) and Kevin Chaouat (2013-14) were the others.

Setodji, a home-schooled freshman from Domont, France, was 17-0 in singles and 12-7 in doubles after enrolling at Xavier in January. He led the Gold Rush with eight dual-clinching singles victories.

Montrel, a senior from Atlanta and a graduate of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, was 16-10 in singles and 22-7 in doubles. He received honorable mention after three consecutive seasons on the All-Louisiana first team.

Goreau, a freshman from Toulouse, France, and a graduate of Raymond Naves School, was 15-5 in singles and 7-13 in doubles after enrolling at Xavier in January. She led the Gold Nuggets in singles victories during the spring and won 10 consecutive singles decisions Feb. 24-March 29.

Xavier had two runners-up in voting for the major awards — Setodji for Freshman of the Year and Alan Green for men's Coach of the Year.

Salwan, Setodji, Montrel and Goreau were announced this past week as first-team NAIA All-Americans. The ITA will announce its NAIA All-Americans this week.

2015-16 All-Louisiana Tennis
Hannah Brett, sophomore, McNeese State
Jessica Golovin, freshman, LSU
Abby Owens, junior, LSU
Alexandra Starkova, senior, Louisiana Tech
Joana Vale Costa, junior, LSU
Renee Villarreal, senior, Southeastern Louisiana

Ryann Foster, sophomore, LSU
Charlene Goreau, freshman, Xavier
Polina Ivanoa, sophomore, Northwestern State
Sarah Jurakova, sophomore, McNeese State
Natalya Krutova, senior, Northwestern State
Skyler Kuykendall, senior, LSU
Tiffany Mylonas, freshman, Louisiana-Monroe

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Renee Villarreal, Southeastern Louisiana
     Voting:  Villarreal 5, Starkova 3, Vale Costa 2, Brett 1
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:  Ryann Foster, LSU (only nominee)
     Voting:  Voting: Golovin 7, Giovanna Fioretti (McNeese State) 3, Iryna Vardanian (Northwestern State) 1
COACH OF THE YEAR:  (tie) (Tie) Chad Camper, Louisiana Tech, and Julia and Michael Sell, LSU
     Voting:  Camper 4, Sells 4, Olga Bazhanova (Northwestern State) 1, Helena Besovic (McNeese State) 1, Stephanie Vallejos (Louisiana-Lafayette) 1.

HONORABLE MENTION:  Jazmin Britos, junior, Louisiana Tech; Giovanna Fioretti, freshman, McNeese State

Justin Butsch, junior, LSU
Dominik Koepfer, senior, Tulane
Chi-Shan Jo, junior, Tulane
Edgar Lopez, senior, Louisiana-Lafayette
Karan Salwan, junior, Xavier
Constantin Schmitz, sophomore, Tulane

Boris Arias, senior, LSU
Gabor Csonka, sophomore, LSU
Jordan Daigle, junior, LSU
Arthur Libaud, freshman, Louisiana-Lafayette
Sebastian Rey, junior, Tulane
Thomas Setodji, freshman, Xavier

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Dominik Koepfer, Tulane
     Voting:  Koepfer 6, Butsch 1
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:  Karan Salwan, Xavier
     Voting:  Salwan 4, Csonka 3
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:  Arthur Libaud, Louisiana-Lafayette
     Voting:  Libaud 3, Setodji 2, Tyler Schick, (Tulane) 2
COACH OF THE YEAR:  Mark Booras, Tulane
     Voting:  Booras 4, Alan Green (Xavier) 2, Jeff Brown (LSU) 1
HONORABLE MENTION:  Kyle Montrel, senior, Xavier

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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