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XU's Abbas, Taylor are second-team NAIA All-Americans

Hassan Abbas

Hassan Abbas
     Zach Taylor

Zach Taylor
     Steffen Giles-Osborn

Steffen Giles-Osborn
     May 24, 2011


     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Hassan Abbas and Zach Taylor were second-team selections on the 2011 NAIA Men's Tennis All-America Teams announced Tuesday.
     Earning honorable mention was XU's Steffen Giles-Osborn.
     Abbas and Taylor are Xavier's fourth and fifth men's tennis All-Americans of the modern era. Mike Green (2009), Terry Richardson (2009) and Miroslav Vukicevic (2008) also were second-team selections.

     Abbas, a senior from Saltaire, England, and a graduate of Bingley Grammar School and Ventura (Calif.) College, was 15-6 in singles and 15-8 doubles this season and was 31st in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association/NAIA singles rankings.
     Taylor, a junior from Monroe, La., and a graduate of St. Frederick High School and Ventura College, was 11-10 in singles and 15-8 in doubles. He was 24th in ITA/NAIA singles rankings. Taylor and Abbas are 15th nationally in doubles.
     Giles-Osborn, a junior from Atlanta, Ga., and a graduate of Westlake High School, was 12-14 in singles and 13-14 in doubles. He was 17th in the South in the ITA/NAIA singles rankings and 15th in the South in doubles with Sean Richardson.
     Xavier was 13-10 this season, winning the NAIA Unaffiliated Group 2 Tournament and qualifying for the NAIA National Championship for the third consecutive year. The XU men's No. 8 final ranking was their highest ever.


2011 NAIA Men's Tennis All-America Teams

First Team

Name

School

Class

Hometown

Bruno Savi

Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)

So.

Santana Do Livramento, Brazil

Boris Obama

Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)

So.

Paris, France

Jochem Hoefnagels

Azusa Pacific (Calif.)

So.

Asten, Netherlands

Janosch Apelt

Azusa Pacific (Calif.)

Jr.

Frankfurt, Germany

Chris Freeman

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

So.

Costa Mesa, Calif.

Kirill Sinitsyn

Fresno Pacific (Calif.)

So.

Toronto, Canada

Xavier Smith

Fresno Pacific (Calif.)

Jr.

Visalia, Calif.

Cledson Carvalho

Fresno Pacific (Calif.)

Jr.

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Remy Caffardo

Graceland (Iowa)

Sr.

Romans, France

Martin Poboril

Oklahoma Christian

So.

Pribam, Czech Republic

Thomas Van Cauter

Oklahoma Christian

Sr.

Villenueve-Loubet, France

Bruno Tiberti

Oklahoma Christian

Fr.

Argentina

Lucas Pereira

Vanguard (Calif.)

Jr.

Sao, Paulo, Brazil

Carlos Lima

Westmont (Calif.)

Sr.

Porto Allegre, Brazil

Bryan Cox

Westmont (Calif.)

Jr.

Alamo, Calif.

Jody Claassen

William Carey (Miss.)

Fr.

Cape Town, South Africa

Second Team

Name

School

Class

Hometown

Bence Toth

Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)

So.

Budapest, Hungary

Loic Didavi

Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)

So.

Cotonou, Benin

Andrey Potapkin

Concordia (Calif.)

Sr.

Moscow, Russia

Patrick Besch

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

Fr.

Mainz, Germany

Jan Hoekzema

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

Sr.

Bonn, Germany

Peter Francis

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

Jr.

Hampshire, England

Simon Felix

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

Fr.

Geneva, Switzerland

Nathan Martinet

Fresno Pacific (Calif.)

Fr.

Pau, France

Fabricio Morales

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

Fr.

Cancun, Mexico

Vinicius Santos

Martin Methodist (Tenn.)

Jr.

Passo Fundo, Brazil

Renardy Guelfi

Oklahoma Christian

Jr.

Curitiba, Brazil

Joel Myers

Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)

Sr.

Melbourne, Australia

Yvon Haessig

Union (Ky.)

Fr.

Vancouver, Canada

Nicolas Ernst

Union (Ky.)

Sr.

Rietheim, Germany

Zach Taylor

Xavier (La.)

Jr.

Monroe, La.

Hassan Abbas

Xavier (La.)

Sr.

Saltaire, England

Honorable Mention

Name

School

Aaron Hendrick

Aquinas (Mich.)

Nick Artaev

Aquinas (Mich.)

Zinelabidine Jouini

Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)

Claudio Andrade

Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)

Ben Eger

Azusa Pacific (Calif.)

Carlos Anton

Campbellsville (Ky.)

Bruno Santarelli

Concordia (Calif.)

Adrian Bayh

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

Vladislav Khudziy

Huntington (Ind.)

Victor Saez

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

Andrews Moraes

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

Vyacheslav Bukatin

McPherson (Kan.)

Esteban Flores

Oklahoma Christian

Pier Pieracianni

Oklahoma Christian

Julian Kurz

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

Marek Ondruj

Southwest (N.M.)

Felipe Bedon

Taylor (Ind.)

Bartos Micher

Union (Ky.)

Toni Gauta

William Carey (Miss.)

Thomas Rizk

William Carey (Miss.)

Steffen Giles-Osborn

Xavier (La.)

 

 
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