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Xavier men 15th, women 18th in NAIA tennis polls
February 11, 2009

     NEW ORLEANS — The Xavier University of Louisiana men's tennis team is 15th, and the women's team is 18th in the NAIA preseason coaches polls announced Wednesday.
     The Gold Rush's ranking is its highest ever. The XU men were 17th in the final 2008 poll.
     The Gold Nuggets' position is five notches lower than their final 2008 ranking but seven places higher than their 2008 preseason ranking.
     Auburn Montgomery, the NAIA's three-time defending men's champion and five-time defending women's champion, was a unanimous No. 1 choice in both polls. Both Xavier teams will compete in a tournament at AUM with other ranked teams March 13-15.
     The Rush (1-1) and Nuggets (1-2) will play their first home dual matches and open their Gulf Coast Athletic Conference schedules at 4 p.m. Friday against Mobile at UNO Wow Café Tennis Center. Both Xavier programs have lengthy winning streaks in GCAC regular-season matches — the women have won 45 in a row, and the men have won 29.

2009 NAIA men's tennis preseason coaches top 25
1. Auburn Montgomery
2. Fresno Pacific
T3. Azusa Pacific
T3. Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
5. California Baptist
6. Vanguard
7. Savannah Art
8. Lindsey Wilson
9. Concordia (Calif.)
10. Union (Ky.)
11. Graceland
12. Point Loma Nazarene
13. Shorter
14. Berry
15. XAVIER
16. Bethel (Tenn.)
17. Webber International
18. Lewis-Clark State
19. Oklahoma Christian
20. Hope International
21. Lindenwood
22. Lee (Tenn.)
23. Aquinas
24. Bethany (Kan.)
25. Oklahoma Baptist

2009 NAIA women's tennis preseason coaches top 25
1. Auburn Montgomery
2. Fresno Pacific
3. Vanguard
4. Azusa Pacific
5. Berry
6. Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
7. Lindsey Wilson
8. Point Loma Nazarene
9. Savannah Art
10. California Baptist
11. Southern Nazarene
12. Shorter
13. Concordia (Calif.)
14. Indiana Wesleyan
15. Northwood (Fla.)
16. Brenau
17. Olivet Nazarene
18. XAVIER
T19. Oklahoma Baptist
T19. Westmont
21. Union (Ky.)
22. Georgetown (Ky.)
23. Oklahoma Christian
24. Lewis-Clark State
25. Webber International

 

 
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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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