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Gold Nuggets fall two places to 24th in coaches poll

March 8, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana dropped two places to 24th Tuesday in the NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
     The Gold Nuggets (2-6) have appeared in 44 consecutive top 25s dating to Feb. 25, 2004. But of greater concern to the XU women is another streak — four consecutive losses. They haven't beaten anyone since Feb. 11 and haven't won a singles or doubles match in their last three duals.
     Four of Xavier's six losses are to NCAA Division I opponents, including state rivals LSU, Tulane and Nicholls State, and another loss came Friday on the road against NAIA top-10 Vanguard.
     Of the teams ranked 18-25 in the previous poll, four dropped and one fell out of the top 25.
     The Gold Nuggets' next match will be Friday at Montgomery, Ala., in the AUM Invitational. The host school, second-ranked Auburn Montgomery, has yet to announce the event's schedule.
     Defending national champion Fresno Pacific is No. 1 for the third consecutive poll. The next poll will be announced March 22.

   
NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, March 6)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Fresno Pacific (12) 6-1 343 1
2 Auburn Montgomery (1) 5-1 331 2
3 Point Loma Nazarene 6-3 321 3
4 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 7-2 308 5
5 Azusa Pacific 7-1 298 7
6 Oklahoma Christian 5-0 293 6
7 Vanguard 5-2 276 4
8 Brenau 3-3 264 8
9 SCAD Savannah 2-1 253 9
10 Concordia (Calif.) 2-3 246 10
11 Shorter 5-0 238 11
12 Southern Nazarene 2-2 216 12
13 Lindsey Wilson 2-0 212 13
14 St. Thomas (Fla.) 6-4 195 14
15 Indiana Wesleyan 13-0 189 15
16 Lee (Tenn.) 2-0 182 16
17 Oklahoma Baptist 1-2 163 17
18 William Carey 6-3 162 19
19 Lewis-Clark State 3-5 141 20
20 Webber International 7-1 128 RV
21 William Jewell 5-2 103 24
22 Tennessee Wesleyan 0-3 102 21
23 Northwood (Fla.) 2-5 94 18
24 Xavier 2-6 82 22
25 Westmont 0-6 76 23

Others receiving votes: Georgetown (Ky.) 61, Belhaven 54, Northwestern Ohio 34, Cumberlands 26, Indiana Southeast 25, Spring Hill 16, The Master's 13, Taylor 12, McKendree 12, Aquinas 6, Marian (Ind.) 3, Biola 1, Mobile 1, Martin Methodist 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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