3 singles players, 1 doubles team in NAIA men's rankings
March 31, 2009
NEW ORLEANS — The Xavier University of Louisiana
men's tennis program has reached additional new heights with the release of the
Intercollegiate Tennis Association's first NAIA singles and doubles rankings of
the 2008-09 season.
For the first time in the program's history, three
Xavier men are ranked in singles — Terry Richardson is 20th, Mike Green is 31st,
and Steffen Giles-Osborn is 42nd. The doubles team of Green and Giles-Osborn is
20th and is the first Gold Rush tandem to be ranked.
Richardson, a senior from Ellendale, Ga., and
Stockbridge High School, is 14-6 in singles. Green, a senior from Port St.
Lucie, Fla., and Barnabas Christian Academy, is 7-6 in singles. Giles-Osborn,
from Atlanta, Ga., and Westlake High School, is 12-5 in singles and the first
Gold Rush freshman to be ranked since Miroslav Vukicevic in 2003-04.
Giles-Osborn and Green are 6-5 in doubles.
Richardson's ranking is his highest as a collegian
and his first since April 21, 2008, when he was 35th. Green returned to the
rankings for the first time since 2004-05, when he was 13th in singles and
14th in doubles in the final ITA list while playing for Savannah Art and Design.
The Gold Rush — whose No. 13 position in the NAIA
coaches poll is a program best — and the 15th-ranked Gold Nuggets will
travel to NCAA Division I Alcorn State for 2 p.m. dual matches Saturday.
Those matches originally were scheduled for the University of New Orleans
Tennis Center, but the venue was changed by mutual agreement.