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Abbes are repeat All-Louisiana first-team selections

Abbes are repeat All-Louisiana first-team selections

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by Federico Coppini

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Kyle Montrel and Nour Abbes are repeat first-team selections on the 2014-15 All-Louisiana tennis teams announced late Saturday.

Montrel is the first Gold Rush player to make the All-Louisiana first team three times.

A Louisiana Sports Writers Association panel of sports information directors selected the teams.

Montrel, a junior from Atlanta and a graduate of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, was 14-6 in singles and 15-6 in doubles this year.

He won the ITA/NAIA South Region Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship and was a two-time Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week. He was No. 9 in the most recent ITA/NAIA singles rankings, No. 13 in doubles and had five singles victories against top-25 opponents.

Abbes, a sophomore from Tunis, Tunisia, and a graduate of Lycée Sportif d'El Menzah, was 29-4 in singles and 21-9 in doubles.

She is No. 1 in the ITA/NAIA singles rankings — never lower than fourth in two seasons — and No. 20 in doubles. She was the NAIA singles champion at the ITA Small College Championships and the "Super Bowl" runner-up in October.

She was the singles champion at the HBCU National Championships and a four-time GCAC Player of the Week.

Abbes was 7-0 in singles vs. NCAA Division I opponents, including Tulane, Southern Miss and New Orleans.

Xavier's Manav Chakma was runner-up in voting for men's Newcomer of the Year, Alan Green was third for men's Coach of the Year, and Caroline Vernet tied for fourth for women's Freshman of the Year.

Xavier's men were 13-8 in 2015 and reached the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Championship for a school-record fourth consecutive year.

Xavier's women were 17-10 and reached the NAIA's national semifinals for a school-record third consecutive year. .

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