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XU's Abbes named NAIA tourney outstanding performer

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Xavier University of Louisiana freshman Nour Abbes
     May 17, 2014

     MOBILE, Ala. — Xavier University of Louisiana's Nour Abbes received the Marvin P. Richmond Outstanding Player Award at the conclusion of the 2014 NAIA Women's Tennis National Championship on Saturday.
     Abbes, a freshman from Tunis, Tunisia, and a graduate of Lycée Sportif d'El Menzah, was 3-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles at the tournament to lead the Gold Nuggets (17-7) to their second consecutive semifinal berth and tie for third place. All three of her singles opponents were ranked in the ITA's top 40; Abbes won a collective 36-of-43 games against them.
     It's the first time since 2008 that the Richmond award winner was not a member of the championship team. Abbes is the first XU athlete to win an outstanding-player award at an NAIA national tournament.
     The award is named for a former United States Tennis Association president and a longtime supporter of the NAIA.
     "Nour finished the season the way she started — winning and competing at a high level," XU coach Alan Green said. "Even though she was less than 100 percent in the semifinals on Friday because of a stomach bug, she won both her matches and demonstrated again what a special talent she is."
     Abbes finished the season 17-0 in singles — 7-0 against ranked NAIA opponents, 6-0 against players from NCAA Division I — and 16-2 in doubles. She was 12-0 in doubles with sophomore Simone-Alyse Ewell, her partner during the final nine weeks.
     Abbes on Monday was named Wilson/ITA NAIA Women's National and Region IV Rookie of the Year.


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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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