Saturday, June 10, 2017

XULA Rush have 3 ITA All-Americans, No. 2 doubles team

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana, the No. 2 team in NAIA men's tennis each of the past two seasons, had three players named Thursday to the 2017 ITA NAIA All-America team: senior Karan Salwan and freshmen Moses Micheal and Antoine Richard.
The ITA designates as All-America the top 20 singles players and top 10 doubles teams in its postseason individual national rankings. In singles, Richard was ranked third, Micheal 13th and Salwan 15th. In doubles, Richard and Micheal were second — the highest-ever ITA NAIA national ranking for the Gold Rush at any point in a season.
Salwan, from New Delhi, India, is ITA All-America for the second straight year. Micheal is from Kaduna, Nigeria, and Richard is from Laval, Quebec.
Salwan, Micheal and Richard earned berths May 23 on the NAIA's committee-selected All-America team.
Fourteen NAIA schools accounted for the 31 ITA men's All-Americans. National champion Georgia Gwinnett and semifinalist Campbellsville had four honorees apiece, and William Carey, Northwestern Ohio and San Diego Christian joined XULA with three apiece.
The XULA women produced no ITA All-Americans but had three — sophomore Charlene Goreau and seniors Emma Kranendonk and Brandi Nelson — in the final national or South Region rankings.

XULA's All-Time List of ITA NAIA Men's All-Americans

2007-08 — Miroslav Vukicevic
2010-11 — Hassan Abbas, Zach Taylor
2011-12 — Loic Didavi, Zach Taylor
2012-13 — Loic DidaviKyle Montrel
2013-14 — Kyle Montrel
2014-15 — Kyle Montrel
2015-16 — Kevin ChaouatKyle MontrelKaran SalwanThomas Setodji
2016-17 — Moses MichealAntoine RichardKaran Salwan
Most Years Earning ITA All-America:  Kyle Montrel 4, Loic Didavi 2, Karan Salwan 2, Zach Taylor 2
XULA in the 2016-17 End-of-Season ITA NAIA Rankings

Men's Singles
Antoine RichardFr.3rd3rd
Moses MichealFr.13th7th
Karan SalwanSr.15th8th
Catalin FifeaJr.26th12th
Women's Singles
Charlene GoreauSo.31st11th
Brandi NelsonSr.20th
Men's Doubles
Names (Class)NAIARegion
Antoine Richard (Fr.)-Moses Micheal (Fr.)2nd2nd
Pierre Andrieu (So.)-Catalin Fifea (Jr.)12th5th
Tushar Mandlekar (Sr.)-Karan Salwan (Sr.)20th9th
Women's Doubles
Names (Class)NAIARegion
Charlene Goreau (So.)-Emma Kranendonk (Sr.)13th9th

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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