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AUM eliminates Xavier, grabs 7 of 8 spots in finals
October 2, 2010

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     NEW ORLEANS — Perennial power Auburn Montgomery claimed seven of the eight main-draw finalist berths Saturday in the USTA/ITA NAIA South Regional Championships at the University of New Orleans Tennis Center.
     AUM eliminated a pair of doubles teams from Xavier University of Louisiana. AUM's top seeded Ana Veselenovic and Morgane Zowczak defeated XU's Carmen Nelson and Amber Brown 8-3 in the women's semifinals, and the Senators' second-seeded Bruno Savi and Claudio Andrade beat XU's Sean Richardson and Amir Rahbar 8-1 in the men's quarterfinals.
     The only Sunday finalist not from AUM will be William Carey's Jody Claasen, a No. 5 seed in men's singles who beat SCAD Atlanta's fourth-seeded Jack Anton 6-2, 6-0 and AUM's seventh-seeded Zine Jouini to advance to a 10 a.m. Sunday final against AUM's third-seeded Bence Toth. Jouini beat AUM's top-seeded Boris Obama 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5) in the quarterfinals.
     Veselenovic, the No. 1 seed in women's singles, will play teammate and second seed Jade Curtis in a 10 a.m. final. Veselenovic and Zowczak will meet Curtis and Kvetka Hajkova for the doubles title at noon.
     The other all-AUM final will be in men's doubles, where top-seeded Obama and Loic Didavi will face Savi and Andrade at 10 a.m.
     AUM's Anastasia Khabirova beat William Carey's Petra Pesic 7-6 (9-7), 6-1 for the consolation championship in women's singles, and Spring Hill's Colin Perry won the men's singles consolation bracket by defeating William Carey's Pedro Moreno 8-3.
     Toth beat Savi 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the other men's singles semifinal. In the women's singles semifinals, Veselenovic beat unseeded teammate Aline Tseplukhova 6-0, 6-1, and Curtis defeated Brenau's third-seeded Lyn See Choo 6-1, 6-2. In the men's doubles semifinals, Obama and Didavi beat Jouini and Toth 8-2, and Savi and Andrade defeated SCAD Atlanta's third-seeded Anton and Joseph Dwyer 8-1. Curtis and Hajkova upset Brenau's second-seeded Choo and Kate Mazackova 8-3 in the other women's doubles semifinal.
     The tournament is the last of three fall events for Xavier, which will resume its schedule with dual matches beginning in late January.


 

 
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