3 XU doubles teams advance to NAIA regional semifinals
September 30, 2011
ATLANTA — Xavier University of Louisiana's tennis
teams won 15 of 23 main-draw matches Friday at the USTA/ITA NAIA South Regional.
Reaching the quarterfinals were Loic Didavi, Amir Rahbar
and Steffen Giles-Osborn in men's singles and Kourtney Howell in women's singles.
Advancing to semifinals were the men's doubles teams of Didavi and Zach Taylor
and Giles-Osborn and Sean Richardson. Howell and Nicole DeLoach reached the
women's doubles semifinals.
Didavi, seeded second, improved to 5-0 in singles for
the fall semester with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Shorter's Arturo Lifshitz.
Howell beat Shorter's Katie Wilmer 6-0, 6-0, then upset
SCAD Atlanta's seventh-seeded Daniela Vukadinovic 2-6, 6-1, 2-0, retired.
Rahbar defeated Shorter's Colt Kelley 6-1, 6-0 and
William Carey's fourth-seeded Thomas Rizk 5-7, 7-6, 7-5. Giles-Osborn beat
Auburn Montgomery's Josh Reason 6-4, 7-5 and will play Rahbar in the quarterfinals Saturday.
Howell and DeLoach upset Brenau's fourth-seeded
Hannah Thompson and Theresa Neumeyr 8-3.