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GCAC weekly honors for XU's Mandlekar, Rolland, Abbes

Devinn Rolland

Devinn Rolland
     Nour Abbes

Nour Abbes
     Tushar Mandlekar

Tushar Mandlekar
     April 14, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Tushar Mandlekar picked up his first Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week award, and XU's Devinn Rolland and Nour Abbes added to their record-setting totals Monday.
     The awards honor performances from April 7-13.
     Mandlekar, a freshman from Bhilai, India, and a graduate of Deepak Nagar school, had his best week of the spring semester. He was 2-0 in singles and 2-0 in
doubles in Gold Rush victories on consecutive days against NAIA No. 13 William Carey and NCAA Division I's Jackson State. For the year, Mandlekar is 11-13 in singles and 13-5 in doubles.
     Mandlekar is one of six Gold Rush tennis players this season to win GCAC Player of the Week.
     Rolland, a junior from Harvey, La., and a graduate of Cabrini High School in New Orleans, was named GCAC Track Performer of the Week for the second time this season and the Field Performer of the Week for the third time. Rolland became a three-time GCAC champion in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the long jump on Saturday at the conference meet at Tad Gormley Stadium, and she had a personal-best of 11.66 seconds in the 100 which ranks second on the NAIA outdoor list this season. She ran the second segment in Xavier's runner-up finish in the 400 relay.
     Rolland helped Xavier repeat as GCAC outdoor women's team champion. She increased her GCAC career-record totals for weekly awards to five in track and nine in field.
     Setting a GCAC women's tennis season record with five weekly awards was Abbes, who won in doubles and singles Sunday in the Gold Nuggets' victory at Jackson State. Abbes, a freshman from Tunis, Tunisia, and a graduate of Lycée Sportif d'El Menzah, became the first Gold Nugget in 10 years to win 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles against an NCAA Division I opponent. She accomplished that in a victory against Angela Condorelli.
     Abbes is 12-0 in singles, 10-2 in doubles and ranked fourth among NAIA singles players by the ITA. New individual rankings are expected to be announced Wednesday.


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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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