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Xavier men 20th in NAIA preseason tennis poll
February 6, 2008

NEW ORLEANS — The Xavier University of Louisiana men's tennis team never climbed above 25th in any NAIA coaches poll in 2007. But the Gold Rush is 20th in the preseason poll announced Wednesday.

One caveat, however: The first poll of 2008 contains no California teams, which occupied three of the top six spots in the final 2007 ranking. Those three schools — Azusa Pacific (No. 2 in 2007), Fresno Pacific (No. 5) and Vanguard (No. 6) — will play the Rush in southern California next week, along with another ranked California team from 2007, Concordia (No. 18).

Xavier was 25th in the 2007 preseason, dropped out for three consecutive polls, then returned to 25th for each of the final three polls. The Rush did not compete in the spring of 2006 due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina and was 24th in the final 2005 poll.

Xavier is 1-1 this year after splitting a pair at home in January against NCAA Division I opponents. The Rush lost to Nicholls State, then defeated Southern.

Auburn Montgomery, winner of the past two NAIA national championships and four of the past six, is No. 1 and received all 12 first-place votes. AUM was No. 1 in every 2007 poll.

The next coaches poll will be announced Feb. 20. There will be seven polls this season, with the final one released April 30.

2008 NAIA Men's Tennis Top 25 Poll — Feb. 6

RANK

SCHOOL

1st PLACE VOTES

2008 RECORD*

TOTAL POINTS

1

Auburn University Montgomery (Ala.) (XIII)

12

2-0

300

2

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.) (XIV)

1-0

288

3

Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) (XIV)

 

0-0

265

4

Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) (XI)

 

0-0

263

5

Lee University (Tenn.) (XIII)

 

0-0

247

6

Bethel College (Tenn.) (XI)

 

1-0

245

7

Graceland University (Iowa) (V)

 

0-0

227

8

Berry College (Ga.) (XIII)

 

0-0

209

9

Benedictine College (Kan.) (V)

 

0-0

206

10

Webber International University (Fla.) (XIV)

 

0-0

193

11

Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho) (I)

 

3-2

165

12

Union College (Ky.) (XII)

 

18-4

162

13

Shorter College (Ga.) (XIII)

 

1-0

136

14

Cumberland University (Tenn.) (XI)

 

1-1

133

15

Oklahoma Baptist University (VI)

 

0-0

131

16

Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) (VII)

 

7-0

126

17

Aquinas College (Mich.) (VIII)

 

0-0

122

18

Oklahoma Christian University (VI)

 

0-0

88

19

Northwood University (Fla.) (XIV)

 

0-0

84

20

Xavier University (La.) (XIII)

 

1-1

81

21

Bethany College (Kan.) (IV)

 

0-0

68

22

Walsh University (Ohio) (IX)

 

0-0

38

23

Taylor University (Ind.) (VIII)

 

12-1

37

24

University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) (III)

 

12-5

33

25

Lindenwood University (Mo.) (V)

 

0-0

16

 

Others receiving votes:

University of Alberta (I) 14; Georgetown College (Ky.) (XI) 8; Tennessee Wesleyan College (XII) 7; Marian College (Ind.) (VIII) 4; McKendree University (Ill.) (V) 3; Saint Thomas University (Fla.) (XIV) 1

 

* Record through matches played Feb. 3


Gold Rush in the 2008 NAIA Division I rankings
WeekRankingPoints
February 6 (preseason) 20th 81

 

 
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