Xavier quartet win twice in singles at HBCU National Championships
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — Returning letterwinners Pierre Andrieu and Yi Chen Pao and newcomers Gabriel Niculescu and Manon Bonada won a pair of singles matches apiece for Xavier University of Louisiana Thursday during the opening day of the HBCU National Tennis Championships.
Andrieu defeated Alabama A&M’s Joshua Wilson 6-1, 6-0 and Florida A&M’s Hema Hasona 6-3, 6-0, to reach the quarterfinals in men’s C-bracket. Pao advanced to the women’s C quarterfinals after beating Grambling’s Bryttish Burts 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (12-10) and Tennessee State’s Morgan Cage 6-4, 6-3.
Niculescu, a transfer from Troy, began his XULA career with a 6-4, 7-5 victory against Alabama A&M’s Shakir Elvin and a 6-4, 6-0 decision against FAMU’s Karlyn Small to reach the men’s B quarterfinals. Bonada began her collegiate career with victories in the B-bracket: 6-2, 6-3 against Delaware State’s Aausyshi Chouhan and 6-0, 6-4 against Grambling’s Keren Huppuch Muswere.
Also advancing was two-time NAIA All-American Charlene Goreau, who reached the women’s A quarterfinals with one victory, 6-1, 6-2 against Virginia State’s Sydney Yao. Goreau is a No. 2 seed and XULA’s highest-seeded singles player in this year’s event.
Another returning All-American, Catalin Fifea, lost 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 1-0 (10-7) to Hampton’s Luke Thompson in the men’s A round of 16. Fifea will play in the consolaiton bracket.
The three-day event will conclude Saturday.
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