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.