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Devinn Rolland

Devinn Rolland
     Nour Abbes

Nour Abbes
     Tushar Mandlekar

Tushar Mandlekar

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

April 28, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Devinn Rolland, Nour Abbes and Tushar Mandlekar added to their collection of Gulf Coast Athletic Conference weekly awards Monday.
     Rolland was named GCAC Field Athlete of the Week for the fourth time this season and Track Athlete of the Week for the third time. Abbes is the Women's Tennis Player of the Week for the sixth time, and Mandlekar is Men's Tennis Player of the Week for the second time. All were chosen for performances from April 21-27.
     Rolland, a junior from Harvey, La., and a graduate of Cabrini High Schol in New Orleans, produced NAIA national A-qualifying marks in the long jump (19 feet, 2¾ inches), the 400-meter relay (47.42 seconds) and the 200 (24.75) at the Leon Johnson NSU Invitational in Natchitoches, La., on Saturday. Rolland met the B-standard in the 100 (12.12).
     Rolland teamed with Kailey Williams, Tramaine Shannon and Chelsea James for the Gold Nuggets' fastest 400 relay time of the last five years.
     Abbes, a freshman from Tunis, Tunisia, and a graduate of Lycée Sportif d'El Menzah, remained unbeaten in singles for the season and helped the Gold Nuggets beat NAIA No. 10 Oklahoma Baptist and top-ranked Georgia Gwinnett to win the NAIA Unaffiliated Group 2 Tournament in New Orleans. Abbes defeated Georgia Gwinnett's Valeria Podda, the ITA's third-ranked NAIA singles player, 6-3, 6-2 in championship dual on Saturday.
     Mandlekar, a freshman from Bhilai, India, and a graduate of Deepak Nagar school, was a combined 5-1 in doubles and singles and helped the Gold Rush finish second in the unaffiliated group tournament. His 6-0, 6-0 victory against Tougaloo's Julius Gladney in the first round on Friday increased his singles win streak to a season-best five matches.
     Rolland extended her GCAC career records for most weekly field awards (10) and track awards (6). Abbes extended her GCAC season record.


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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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