Sunday, September 25, 2016

XULA Salwan, Setodji eliminated in third sets of semifinals

LAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia — Four of the NAIA's top five men's singles players of 2015-16 — including Xavier University of Louisiana's Karan Salwan and Thomas Setodi — met in the semifinals Sunday of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association NAIA South Regional Championships Presented by Oracle. Higher seeds prevailed, and both matches required third-set super-tiebreakers.

Georgia Gwinnett's Kevin Konfederak (No. 1 last season, seeded first at this tournament) defeated Setodji (No. 5 last season, seeded fourth) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3). Salwan (No. 3 last season, seeded third) lost to another Georgia Gwinnett standout, Jordan Cox (No. 2 last season, seeded second), 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 1-0 (10-4).

"The guys put up a great fight," XULA coach Alan Green said. "Gwinnett was just too good for us after the first two sets. I'm proud of the way we played them in singles and look forward to what we can do as a team in the spring."

The XULA men and women will compete in one more fall tournament — the Big Easy Classic at the University of New Orleans Oct. 28-29 — before playing dual matches during the spring semester. Last season Georgia Gwinnett's men defeated XULA in the title round of an NAIA unaffiliated group tournament and the NAIA National Championships.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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