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Gold Rush match their highest preseason ranking

February 1, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana is 14th for the second straight year — matching the program's highest preseason ranking — in the NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll announced Tuesday.
     XU's men, who were 13-14 last season and reached the second round of the NAIA National Championship, opened their season Friday with a home loss to NCAA Division I Kennesaw State.
     It's the fifth consecutive year that the Gold Rush appeared in the preseason top 25. The XU men have appeared in 25 consecutive polls dating to April 4, 2007, and it's the 16th straight time dating to April 30, 2008, that the Rush are among the top 18. XU's highest ranking in NAIA men's tennis is 13th, reached once last season and twice in 2009.
     The next ranking will be announced Feb. 22.
     Senior Hassan Abbas and juniors Steffen Giles-Osborn and Sean Richardson are XU's returning lettermen. All three were All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference last season, with Giles-Osborn chosen Player of the Year and Abbas the Newcomer of the Year.

   
NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records from last season)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Fresno Pacific (8) 22-1 309 1
2 Auburn Montgomery (4) 25-3 305 2
3 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 18-6 288 4
4 Azusa Pacific 20-5 286 3
5 Concordia (Calif.) 16-5 271 5
6-tie Oklahoma Christian 23-3 257 7
6-tie Vanguard 15-8 257 6
8 Westmont 10-10 235 8
9 Graceland 13-6 229 10
10 Point Loma Nazarene 12-12 221 9
11 Union (Ky.) 17-7 214 13
12 Shorter 17-6 201 14
13 Lindsey Wilson 17-4 184 11
14 Xavier 13-14 183 16
15 St. Thomas (Fla.) 11-6 164 15
16 Lewis-Clark State 10-16 155 18
17 Martin Methodist 19-5 148 12
18 Tennessee Wesleyan 11-5 130 17
19 Webber International 15-7 129 21
20 McKendree 20-5 117 19
21 Aquinas 13-5 101 RV
22 Olivet Nazarene 15-9 85 25
23 Lee (Tenn.) 7-9 80 24
24-tie Oklahoma Baptist 8-6 72 20
24-tie SCAD Savannah 3-9 72 RV

Others receiving votes: Cumberland 57, Bethany (Kan.) 47, Bethel (Tenn.) 41, Biola 31, Lindenwood 30, Northwood (Fla.) 26, Huntington (Ind.) 23, William Carey 15, Walsh 12, Campbellsville 4, Indiana Tech 3, Georgetown (Ky.) 1, Mobile 1, Warner 1, Belhaven 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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