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Gold Nuggets 22nd in NAIA preseason coaches poll

February 1, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana is 22nd in the NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll announced Tuesday. It's the sixth consecutive time that the Gold Nuggets appeared in the preseason top 25.
     XU's women, who were 17-14 last season and reached the second round of the NAIA National Championship for the third straight year, opened their season Saturday with a loss at NCAA Division I Tulane.
     The XU women have appeared in the top 25 42 consecutive times dating to Feb. 25, 2004. Xavier's highest ranking in NAIA women's tennis is ninth, which occurred March 7, 2007. It's the only time the Gold Nuggets reached the top 10.
     The next ranking will be announced Feb. 22.
     Seniors Melissa DeLoach and Ashley McGill and sophomore Carmen Nelson are the Gold Nuggets' returning letterwomen. Nelson was All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference in doubles last year.
     Xavier is one of 18 NAIA members whose women's and men's tennis teams are in the preseason top 25.

   
NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records from last season)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Fresno Pacific (9) 28-1 310 2
2 Auburn Montgomery (3) 21-4 304 1
3 Point Loma Nazarene 20-4 291 3
4 Vanguard 14-8 271 5
5-tie Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 15-11 262 9
5-tie Oklahoma Christian 18-5 262 8
7 Brenau 12-9 257 6
8 Azusa Pacific 14-8 254 7
9 SCAD Savannah 11-4 234 12
10 Concordia (Calif.) 20-4 219 4
11 Shorter 18-7 211 11
12 Southern Nazarene 9-7 205 13
13 Lindsey Wilson 17-5 187 14
14 St. Thomas (Fla.) 3-12 185 RV
15 Indiana Wesleyan 21-4 158 17
16 Lewis-Clark State 6-13 155 16
17 Lee (Tenn.) 11-7 153 18
18 Northwood (Fla.) 8-6 144 10
19 Oklahoma Baptist 7-10 126 15
20 Tennessee Wesleyan 6-11 122 RV
21 William Carey 18-5 113 20
22 Xavier 17-14 88 19
23 William Jewell 14-8 82 NR
24 Westmont 5-15 81 23
25 Georgetown (Ky.) 14-11 76 22

Others receiving votes: Mobile 59, Webber International 57, Cumberland 38, Biola 34, Spring Hill 32, Indiana Southeast 30, Taylor 5, Walsh 4, Bethel (Kan.) 1, Cumberlands 1, Southeastern (Fla.) 1, Our Lady of the Lake 1, Ave Maria 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 teams in basketball, cross country and tennis and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and volleyball.

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