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Hassan Abbas

Hassan Abbas

     Abbas is Louisiana men's Newcomer of Year
June 2, 2010

     NEW ORLEANS — Hassan Abbas, who led the Xavier University of Louisiana men in singles and doubles victories this season, is the Newcomer of the Year on the 2010 All-Louisiana collegiate tennis team announced late Wednesday.
     Abbas and teammate Steffen Giles-Osborn were chosen to the six-player first team. It's the first time the Gold Rush had two first-team selections.
     Anastesia Opata was a repeat first-team selection on the All-Louisiana women's team, and the Gold Nuggets' Angelina Callis made the second team for the second consecutive year.
     Abbas, a junior from Saltaire, England, and a graduate of Bingley Grammar School and Ventura (Calif.) College, was 23-8 in singles and 14-11 in doubles for the Gold Rush. He had a 13-match singles winning streak which included victories against six NCAA Division I opponents. Last month he was chosen Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year.
     Giles-Osborn, a sophomore from Atlanta and a graduate of Westlake High School, was 14-15 in singles and 14-11 in doubles and the GCAC Player of the Year.
     Opata, a senior from Lawrenceville, Ga., and a graduate of Central Gwinnett High School, was All-Louisiana for the third straight year — she was second team in 2008 — after going 22-8 in singles and 20-11 in doubles. Opata was GCAC Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
     Callis, a senior from Los Angeles and a graduate of Dorchester (Mass.) High School, was 24-6 in singles and 20-11 in doubles. Callis had three singles victories against NAIA top-50 opponents, and she led the Gold Nuggets in total victories for the second consecutive season.
     Both Xavier teams this year won repeat GCAC championhips and won first-round matches at the NAIA National Championship.
     A Louisiana Sports Writers Association panel selected the All-Louisiana teams.

2010 All-Louisiana Collegiate Men's Tennis Team
Name School Year Hometown
Hassan Abbas Xavier Junior Saltaire, England
Sebastian Carlsson LSU Junior Uppsala, Sweden
Steffen Giles-Osborn Xavier Sophomore Atlanta, Ga.
Dmitry Kozionov Nicholls State Freshman Ivhevsk, Russia
Thomasz Krzyszkowski Louisiana-Lafayette Sophomore Gdyna, Poland
Neal Skupski LSU Sophomore Liverpool, England
Player of the Year:  Neal Skupski, LSU
Newcomer of the Year:  Hassan Abbas, Xavier
Freshman of the Year:  Dmitry Kozionov, Nicholls State
Coach of the Year:   Jim Hunter, Nicholls State
Honorable Mention
Radu Ionescu, Nicholls State; Phenyo Matong, Nicholls State; Rodrigo Rappaccioli, Tulane.
2010 All-Louisiana Collegiate Women's Tennis Team
First Team
Name School Year Hometown
Claire Clark Louisiana-Monroe Junior Bossier City, La.
Keri Frankenberger LSU Freshman Gainesville, Fla.
Mariam Kurdadze Tulane Sophomore Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Kathrin Lange Northwestern State Junior Emmingen, Germany
Anastesia Opata Xavier Senior Lawrenceville, Ga.
Martina Rubesova Northwestern State Sophomore Usti na Laben, Czech Republic
Second Team
Name School Year Hometown
* Kaitlin Burns LSU Freshman Wilmington, N.C.
Angelina Callis Xavier Senior Los Angeles, Calif.
* Morgane Dadot Southeastern Louisiana Sophomore Reunion, France
Emma Levy Tulane Freshman Princeton Junction, N.J.
Florina Nosca Nicholls State Junior Bralia, Romania
* Vivian Polak Louisiana-Monroe Junior Barendrecht, Netherlands
Bianca Schulz Northwestern State Junior Ballinger, Germany
Whitney Wolf LSU Sophomore Pride, La.
* tied for sixth position on the second team
Player of the Year:  Martina Rubesova, Northwestern State
Newcomer of the Year:  Martina Rubesova, Northwestern State
Freshman of the Year:  Keri Frankenberger, LSU
Coach of the Year:   Patric DuBois, Northwestern State
Honorable Mention
Audrey Chelini, Southeastern Louisiana; Vivian ten Dolle, Louisiana Tech; Monica Winkel, Louisiana-Monroe; Natalia Zamora, Nicholls State.


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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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