Friday, April 21, 2017

Richard selected NAIA National Player of the Week

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Antoine Richard was named NAIA National Player of the Week in men's tennis Wednesday — his third honor in two days.

Richard, a freshman from Laval, Quebec, and a graduate of Le Tremplin School, was named Tuesday as Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week. Wednesday at XULA's Athletic Honors Night, Richard received the Male Athlete of the Year award.

Richard earned the NAIA award after winning 5-of-6 decisions April 10-16, including a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) victory against West Florida's Alex Peyrot, the third-ranked singles player in NCAA Division II. Richard became the first NAIA singles player of 2017 to beat an NCAA Division II opponent with a top-10 national ranking, and he gave Peyrot his only home singles loss of 2017 (nine decisions).

Another notable effort was in the Gold Rush's 7-2 home victory against William Carey, the NAIA's sixth-ranked team. Richard won in doubles and singles, including a 6-1, 6-0 triumph against NAIA No. 14 Vladyslav Ladygin.

Richard is the ninth XULA athlete to receive NAIA National Player of the Week, the fourth in men's tennis and the first in that sport since Corey Huggins in 2012. Richard's GCAC award is his third of the season.

The Gold Rush, 10-5 and ranked second in the NAIA, will travel to the University of New Orleans for the regular-season finale at 2 p.m. Monday.

XULA's NAIA National Players of the Week
Season Sport Name Year Date
2009-10 Women's Basketball Brittany Powell Senior Jan. 18-24, 2010
2010-11 Men's Tennis Zach Taylor Junior April 25-May 1, 2011
2011-12 Men's Tennis Loic Didavi Junior April 2-8, 2012
2011-12 Men's Tennis Corey Huggins Junior April 9-15, 2012
2011-12 Women's Tennis Kourtney Howell Sophomore April 23-29, 2012
2012-13 Women's Tennis Olivia West Sophomore March 25-31, 2013
2014-15 Women's Tennis Caroline Vernet Freshman March 30-April 5, 2015
2015-16 Women's Basketball Trana Hopkins Senior Feb. 22-28, 2016
2016-17 Men's Tennis Antoine Richard Freshman April 10-16, 2017

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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