Coleman, Mandlekar earn final GCAC awards of 2016-17

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NEW ORLEANS — Keairez Coleman (men’s field) and Tushar Mandlekar (men’s tennis) scooped up the last of Xavier University of Louisiana’s 53 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week awards for the 2016-17 academic year.

The GCAC announced the two Tuesday as recipients for April 24-30.

Coleman, a sophomore biology major from Harrisville, Miss., and a graduate of Mendenhall High School, triple-jumped 14.32 meters (46 feet, 11 3/4 inches) this past Friday at the Southern Miss Open — a PR and a B-qualifying mark for the NAIA National Championships.

Mandlekar, a senior business administration major from Bhilai, India, and a graduate of Deepak Nagar School, won in doubles and singles April 24 to help the Gold Rush win 4-3 at NCAA Division I University of New Orleans. Mandlekar and Karan Salwan defeated Luis Albuquerque and Giacomo Adoncecchi 6-2 on the third doubles court, then Mandlekar clinched the dual at No. 5 singles with a 7-5, 7-5 victory against Albuquerque.

Coleman set XULA men’s field records for most GCAC awards in a season (3) and career (5). He previously shared both marks with Christopher Kennie. Mandlekar’s honor is his first of the season and fifth of his career.

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Ed Cassiere

Ed Cassiere

Sports Information Director, Xavier University of Louisiana

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