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XU's Abbes, Soifer selected GCAC Players of the Week

Nour Abbes

Nour Abbes
     Nikita Soifer

Nikita Soifer
     March 28, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Nour Abbes and Nikita Soifer were chosen Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Players of the Week in tennis for March 17-23.
     Abbes, from Tunis, Tunisia, and a graduate of Lycée Sportif d'El Menzah, is the first XU women's tennis freshman to win the GCAC award three times in one season. She earned her most recent honor after going 4-0 in doubles and 3-0 in singles, all on the road. Abbes defeated ITA No. 13 Jessica Worring of Graceland and ITA No. 28 Sarah Bernos of Lindsey Wilson in straight sets on consecutive days.
     Abbes has yet to lose a collegiate singles match; she's 10-0 and ranked fourth among NAIA singles players and 15th in doubles (with Kourtney Howell) by the ITA.
     Soifer, from Beer Sheva, Israel, and a graduate of Hof Hasharon School, was 3-0 in singles and 3-1 in doubles. He defeated ITA No. 23 Jose Daniele Razo Torres of Graceland and Lindsey Wilson's Raul Mendez, No. 16 in the ITA East Region, on consecutive days.
     The ITA ranks Soifer 40th in singles and 12th (with Kyle Montrel) in doubles. This is Soifer's first GCAC weekly award of the season and the second of his career. Soifer is the fifth Gold Rush player to be honored in 2014.
     Next duals for XU's men and women will be April 5 at 2 p.m. against Auburn Montgomery at the XU Tennis Center. AUM's men are ranked second in the NAIA, and the women are third. Xavier's men are seventh in the NAIA, and the women are second.


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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 teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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