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Xavier tennis teams hit high notes in final NAIA polls
April 30, 2008

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana was No. 13 in the final NAIA women's tennis coaches poll of the 2008 season and No. 17 in the final men's poll announced Wednesday.

The Gold Nuggets' ranking matches their best in a final poll — they were 13th in 2005 — and it's the fourth consecutive Xavier women's team to make the final ranking.

The No. 17 ranking is the Gold Rush's highest in a final poll, and this is the third Xavier men's team in a row to make the final top 25.

The Rush (15-9) had been 24th in the past four polls this season, then got a boost from a 5-0 victory Friday against then-No. 16 Lee (Tenn.) in the Region XIII Tournament. It was the Rush's first-ever victory in a regional.

The Nuggets (16-7) jumped eight spots after earning their first regional victory, 5-1 Friday against then No. 18 Mobile. It was a roller-coaster month for the Nuggets, who were 14th in the April 2 poll, then dropped to 21st on April 16 after a 5-4 loss to Mobile in the championship match of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament.

Both Xavier teams are hoping for at-large bids to the NAIA National Championship on May 12-16 at Mobile, Ala. The tournament fields will be announced Monday, and pairings will be announced by 5 p.m. on May 9.

2008 NAIA Women's Tennis Top 25 Poll — April 30
RankPreviousSchool (NAIA Region)1st-Place
11Auburn University Montgomery (Ala.) (XIII)1328-0325
22Fresno Pacific University (Calif.) (II) 17-1312
33Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) (II) 16-4297
44Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) (XI) 15-3288
55Vanguard University (Calif.) (II) 20-3273
66California Baptist University (II) 13-6256
77Berry College (Ga.) (XIII) 16-6246
88Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) (XIV) 11-5232
99Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.) (XIV) 12-6217
1011Southern Nazarene University (Okla.) (VI) 15-5203
1112Cumberland University (Tenn.) (XI) 21-2188
1213Westmont College (Calif.) (II) 10-10168
1321Xavier University (La.) (XIII) 16-7158
1420Georgetown College (Ky.) (XI) 13-7145
1517Indiana Wesleyan University (VIII) 20-2125
1616Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.) (II) 8-14113
1719Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) (VII) 21-2112
1825Shorter College (Ga.) (XIII) 13-8109
1915Northwood University (Fla.) (XIV) 9-5100
2010Brenau University (Ga.) (XIII) 11-1189
2114Bethel College (Tenn.) (XI) 9-475
2222Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho) (I) 8-964
2323Union College (Ky.) (XII) 12-347
2424Oklahoma Baptist University (VI) 10-1244
2518University of Mobile (Ala.) (XIII) 12-329
Others receiving votes: Oklahoma Christian (VI) 8; McKendree University (Ill.) (V) 1; Indiana University Southeast (XII) 1.

2008 NAIA Men's Tennis Top 25 Poll — April 30
RankPreviousSchool (NAIA Region)1st-Place
11Auburn University Montgomery (Ala.) (XIII)1322-1324
23Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.) (XIV) 17-2306
22Fresno Pacific University (Calif.) (II)117-0306
44Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) (II) 17-6286
55California Baptist University (II) 15-4270
68Vanguard University (Calif.) (II) 14-8244
711Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) (XI) 14-5227
86Concordia University (Calif.) (II) 14-7225
910Union College (Ky.) (XII) 13-2222
109Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) (XIV) 9-7215
117Bethel College (Tenn.) (XI) 14-1202
1212Graceland University (Iowa) (V) 17-1196
1314Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.) (II) 10-9172
1413Shorter College (Ga.) (XIII) 15-6159
1515Berry College (Ga.) (XIII) 10-9140
1617Lindenwood University (Mo.) (V) 20-4116
1724Xavier University (La.) (XIII) 15-9100
1819Webber International University (Fla.) (XIV) 12-999
1918Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho) (I) 12-1090
2021Aquinas College (Mich.) (VIII) 20-274
2122Oklahoma Christian University (VI) 12-570
2216Lee University (Tenn.) (XIII) 6-660
2320Benedictine College (Kan.) (V) 10-643
2424Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) (VII) 15-337
2523Cumberland University (Tenn.) (XI) 17-521
Others receiving votes: Oklahoma Baptist (VI) 11; Taylor University (Ind.) (VIII) 6; Malone College (Ohio) (IX) 2; University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) (III) 1; Bethany College (Kan.) (IV) 1.


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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's and women's teams in basketball, cross country and tennis.

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