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Xavier men's No. 8 ranking is their highest ever

March 8, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana is No. 8 in the NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll announced Tuesday. It's the highest-ever ranking for an XU tennis team.
     XU's men (8-3) climbed six spots after winning 6-3 Friday at then-No. 7 Vanguard. XU's highest previous ranking in NAIA men's tennis was 13th, reached once last season and twice in 2009. The only other time an XU tennis team appeared in the top 10 was when the women were ninth on March 7, 2007.
     Coach Alan Green's Gold Rush have appeared in 27 consecutive polls dating to April 4, 2007, and it's the 18th straight time dating to April 30, 2008, that the Gold Rush are among the top 18. This is the first time Xavier reached No. 8 in an NAIA poll since the women's basketball team held that spot on Feb. 1, 2005.
     This is the second XU team to reach the top 10 in 2010-11. The men's basketball team was in the top 10 in three of the first 11 polls this season, with a high of ninth on Dec. 13.
     Records of this week's top 25 are inclusive through Sunday. Xavier's 5-4 loss Monday at Westmont, which climbed from eighth to seventh, was not considered in the voting.
     XU's men will play NCAA Division I opponent Radford at 10 a.m. Wednesday at City Park Tennis Center.

   
NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, March 6)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Fresno Pacific (9) 6-1 280 1
2 Auburn Montgomery (2) 6-1 273 2
3 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 6-3 260 3
4 Azusa Pacific 3-2 256 4
5 Oklahoma Christian 9-0 244 6
6 Point Loma Nazarene 7-0 238 10
7 Westmont 1-3 227 8
8 Xavier 8-2 206 14
9 Concordia (Calif.) 2-4 203 5
10 Graceland 3-2 200 9
11 Union (Ky.) 7-3 198 11
12 Shorter 6-1 187 12
13 Vanguard 3-5 182 7
14 St. Thomas (Fla.) 7-2 164 15
15 Lewis-Clark State 6-3 149 16
16 Tennessee Wesleyan 2-1 140 19
17 Martin Methodist 2-1 137 17
18 Webber International 10-2 131 18
19 Aquinas 6-1 116 21
20 McKendree 3-1 107 20
21 Olivet Nazarene 5-0 101 23
22 Lee (Tenn.) 0-3 88 22
23 Lindsey Wilson 0-2 80 13
24 SCAD Savannah 2-2 72 24
25 Oklahoma Baptist 1-2 60 25

Others receiving votes: Bethany (Kan.) 48, Huntington (Ind.) 36, Northwood (Fla.) 32, William Carey 24, Biola 24, Cumberland 9, Walsh 7, Lindenwood 6, Northwestern Ohio 5, Bethel (Tenn.) 4, Davenport 1, Concordia (Neb.) 1, Campbellsville 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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