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XU's Opata, Giles-Osborn are GCAC Players of the Year
May 2, 2010

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana tennis standouts Anastesia Opata and Steffen Giles-Osborn were selected Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Players of the Year in a vote of GCAC head coaches.
     Opata, a senior from Lawrenceville, Ga., is 21-8 in singles and 19-10 in doubles this season for the Gold Nuggets, who repeated as champion in the GCAC Tournament on Saturday. Opata is the GCAC's top women's player for the second straight year. It's the Gold Nuggets' sixth straight time in seven years to win the award, which includes Dominique Bell's four-year run.
     Giles-Osborn, a sophomore from Atlanta, is 14-14 in singles and 13-10 in doubles for the XU men, who won the GCAC Tournament for the fifth consecutive time in six years.
     Hassan Abbas of the Gold Rush was chosen men's Newcomer of the Year, and Xavier's Alan Green was named Coach of the Year for the sixth time on the women's side and the fifth time on the men's.
     Abbas, a junior from Saltaire, England, is 22-8 in singles and 14-9 in doubles to lead the Rush in both categories.
     Four XU women and all six on the XU active men's roster were chosen All-GCAC, including four-time selections Colleen McArthur on the women's team and Mario Myles and Cameron Knowles on the men's. Opata and Angelina Callis made All-GCAC for the third time. On the men's team Mikhail Vaval was All-GCAC a third time, and sophomore Sean Richardson made it for the second straight season.
     Gold Nuggets freshman Carmen Nelson was all-conference in doubles.
     Xavier claimed every spot but one on the All-GCAC men's team. The conference honors were announced Saturday after the tournament.


2010 All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tennis Teams
Women

Position or Honor Name School Year Hometown
Player of the Year Anastesia Opata Xavier Senior Lawrenceville, Ga.
Newcomer of the Year Anastasia Khabirova William Carey Freshman Moscow, Russia
Coach of the Year Alan Green Xavier    

No. 1 Singles Hollie Robinson William Carey Senior Norwich, England
No. 2 Singles Angelina Callis Xavier Senior Los Angeles, Calif.
No. 3 Singles Rachel Hartley Mobile Junior Mobile, Ala.
No. 4 Singles Allison Symulevich Spring Hill Senior Tampa, Fla.
No. 5 Singles Jillian Fletcher William Carey Sophomore Ovett, Miss.
No. 6 Singles Gina Pambianchi Spring Hill Junior Cleveland, Miss.

No. 1 Doubles Anastesia Opata Xavier Senior Lawrenceville, Ga.
  Angelina Callis Xavier Senior Los Angeles, Calif.

No. 2 Doubles Carmen Nelson Xavier Freshman Jonesboro, Ga.
  Colleen McArthur Xavier Senior Marietta, Ga.

No. 3 Doubles Claudia Borges Mobile Senior Compinas, Brazil
  Nancy Machen Mobile Junior Boaz, Ala.

Men

Position or Honor Name School Year Hometown
Player of the Year Steffen Giles-Osborn Xavier Sophomore Atlanta, Ga.
Newcomer of the Year Hassan Abbas Xavier Junior Saltaire, England
Coach of the Year Alan Green Xavier    

No. 1 Singles Anton Klochkov William Carey Freshman Samara, Russia
No. 2 Singles Hassan Abbas Xavier Junior Saltaire, England
No. 3 Singles Mario Myles Xavier Senior Stone Mountain, Ga.
No. 4 Singles Mikhail Vaval Xavier Junior New Orleans, La.
No. 5 Singles Sean Richardson Xavier Sophomore Ellenwood, Ga.
No. 6 Singles Cameron Knowles Xavier Senior Omaha, Neb.

No. 1 Doubles Steffen Giles-Osborn Xavier Sophomore Atlanta, Ga.
  Hassan Abbas Xavier Junior Saltaire, England

No. 2 Doubles Mario Myles Xavier Senior Stone Mountain, Ga.
  Mikhail Vaval Xavier Junior New Orleans, La.

No. 3 Doubles Sean Richardson Xavier Sophomore Ellenwood, Ga.
  Cameron Knowles Xavier Senior Omaha, Neb.

 

 
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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's and women's teams in basketball, cross country and tennis.

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