NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana’s Antoine Richard was named NAIA National Player of the Week in men’s tennis Wednesday — his third honor in two days.
Richard, a freshman from Laval, Quebec, and a graduate of Le Tremplin School, was named Tuesday as Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week. Wednesday at XULA’s Athletic Honors Night, Richard received the Male Athlete of the Year award.
Richard earned the NAIA award after winning 5-of-6 decisions April 10-16, including a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) victory against West Florida’s Alex Peyrot, the third-ranked singles player in NCAA Division II. Richard became the first NAIA singles player of 2017 to beat an NCAA Division II opponent with a top-10 national ranking, and he gave Peyrot his only home singles loss of 2017 (nine decisions).
Another notable effort was in the Gold Rush’s 7-2 home victory against William Carey, the NAIA’s sixth-ranked team. Richard won in doubles and singles, including a 6-1, 6-0 triumph against NAIA No. 14 Vladyslav Ladygin.
Richard is the ninth XULA athlete to receive NAIA National Player of the Week, the fourth in men’s tennis and the first in that sport since Corey Huggins in 2012. Richard’s GCAC award is his third of the season.
The Gold Rush, 10-5 and ranked second in the NAIA, will travel to the University of New Orleans for the regular-season finale at 2 p.m. Monday.
|XULA’s NAIA National Players of the Week|
|2009-10||Women’s Basketball||Brittany Powell||Senior||Jan. 18-24, 2010|
|2010-11||Men’s Tennis||Zach Taylor||Junior||April 25-May 1, 2011|
|2011-12||Men’s Tennis||Loic Didavi||Junior||April 2-8, 2012|
|2011-12||Men’s Tennis||Corey Huggins||Junior||April 9-15, 2012|
|2011-12||Women’s Tennis||Kourtney Howell||Sophomore||April 23-29, 2012|
|2012-13||Women’s Tennis||Olivia West||Sophomore||March 25-31, 2013|
|2014-15||Women’s Tennis||Caroline Vernet||Freshman||March 30-April 5, 2015|
|2015-16||Women’s Basketball||Trana Hopkins||Senior||Feb. 22-28, 2016|
|2016-17||Men’s Tennis||Antoine Richard||Freshman||April 10-16, 2017|