Pao earns her first GCAC Player of the Week honor

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NEW ORLEANS — Yi Chen Pao became the fourth Xavier University of Louisiana women’s tennis player of 2017 to be named Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week when she captured the honor for April 10-16.

Pao — a freshman from Taichung City, Taiwan, and a graduate of National Shan-Hua School — won in doubles and singles against William Carey, the NAIA’s eighth-ranked team. Pao and Lyndsey Clark rallied from a 4-0 tiebreaker deficit to defeat Daria Veretennikova and Lorena Rouillon Jimenez 9-8 (8-6), then Pao beat Veretennikova 7-6 (9-7), 3-6, 1-0 (10-5).

The Gold Nuggets, 6-13 and ranked ninth in the NAIA, will play their home finale at 1 p.m. Saturday against No. 11 LSU-Alexandria at XULA Tennis Center.

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Ed Cassiere

Ed Cassiere

Sports Information Director, Xavier University of Louisiana

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