Niculescu wins battle of teammates in ITA NAIA South Regional singles consolation final
NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana’s Gabriel Niculescu defeated teammate Pierre Andrieu 6-3, 7-5 Thursday to win the men’s singles consolation title of the ITA NAIA South Regional Championships.
Niculescu went 4-0 in the consolation rounds after losing in the main draw Friday at Lawrenceville, Ga. Niculescu and Andrieu could’ve played Sunday in Lawrenceville after winning semifinal matches that morning, but XULA coach Alan Green opted to play the match on his campus because of a seven-hour drive home and classes resuming Monday.
Niculescu and Andrieu finally met after a Tuesday rainout. Both are juniors. Niculescu is in his first year at XULA after transferring from NCAA Division I member Troy, and Andrieu is a returning letterman who helped the Gold Rush finish second in the NAIA National Championships for the second straight year.
The next XULA tournament — its third of the fall semester — will be the Battle of the Bayou (men only) Oct. 6-7 at Lafayette, La.
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