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Nuggets exit top 25, then lose to first-year NAIA program

March 22, 2011

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     NEW ORLEANS — It was a double whammy Tuesday for the Xavier University of Louisiana women's tennis team. First the Gold Nuggets dropped out of the NAIA top 25 for the first time since February 2004. Then they lost their ninth consecutive dual match — 9-0 to SCAD Atlanta at the University of New Orleans Tennis Center.
     The Gold Nuggets (2-11) had appeared in 44 consecutive top 25s dating to Feb. 25, 2004, but missed by 10 points this time and fell to 27th overall.
     SCAD Atlanta (8-2) — an NAIA independent in its first year of intercollegiate sports but ineligible for rankings or the postseason until 2011-12 — dropped only one set in winning its fifth dual in a row. The closest match was at No. 3 singles, where Christina Swindall defeated XU's Nicole DeLoach 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 1-0 (10-4).
     Once again, because of only five available players, Xavier was forced to default at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles. The good news was that senior Ashley McGill returned to action for the first time in six duals after completing her basketball eligibility Friday.
     Xavier's women and men will return to the courts Friday in a 3:30 p.m. makeup match against city rival Loyola at City Park Tennis Center.

   
NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, March 20)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Fresno Pacific (12) 8-4 312 1
2 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 12-3 297 4
3 Point Loma Nazarene 9-0 292 3
4 Auburn Montgomery 10-4 287 2
5 Azusa Pacific 12-2 270 5
6 Oklahoma Christian 8-2 264 6
7 Brenau 4-3 247 8
8-tie Concordia (Calif.) 6-4 240 10
8-tie SCAD Savannah 5-1 240 9
10 Vanguard 6-5 221 7
11 Shorter 5-0 215 11
12 Southern Nazarene 6-3 202 12
13 William Carey 8-4 177 18
14 Indiana Wesleyan 14-0 173 15
15 Oklahoma Baptist 4-4 171 17
16 Lindsey Wilson 3-2 169 13
17 St. Thomas (Fla.) 7-7 154 14
18 Lee (Tenn.) 5-0 152 16
19 Lewis-Clark State 4-9 133 19
20 William Jewell 7-4 119 21
21 Webber International 10-4 98 20
22 Martin Methodist 5-3 97 RV
23 Georgetown (Ky.) 4-6 75 RV
24 Belhaven 7-2 69 RV
25 Westmont 2-9 66 25

Others receiving votes: Indiana Southeast 57, Xavier 56, Campbellsville 43, Northwood (Fla.) 27, Tennessee Wesleyan 19, Taylor 14, The Master's 13, Northwestern Ohio 11, Biola 5, McKendree 4, Spring Hill 1, Mobile 1, Marian (Ind.) 1, Lindenwood 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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