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Gold Rush are ninth in NAIA preseason coaches poll

January 31, 2012

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana is beginning the 2012 men's tennis season the way it finished 2011: among the top 10 NAIA teams in the country.
     The Gold Rush are ninth in the preseason coaches poll announced Tuesday. The XU men were eighth — their highest ranking ever — in the final poll a year ago and reached the second round of the NAIA National Championship for the third consecutive season.
     Beginning with the poll of April 4, 2007, Xavier has been in every men's top 25.
     This is the first Xavier team to earn a preseason top-10 ranking since the women's basketball team was seventh to start 1997-98.
     In the women's tennis preseason poll, Xavier collected one point did not make the top 25. The Gold Nuggets had appeared in 44 consecutive top 25s before that streak ended in 2011.
     Both Xavier teams, losers to Tulane in their openers during the weekend, will play the University of New Orleans at 4 p.m. Friday at City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center. The duals were pushed back from Wednesday by mutual agreement of coaches Alan Green of Xavier and Burzis Kanga of UNO.

   
NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records from 2011)

Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Fresno Pacific (10) 25-2 250 1
2 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 17-7 241 2
3 Oklahoma Christian 23-2 226 4
4-tie Auburn Montgomery 25-4 224 3
4-tie Azusa Pacific 16-7 224 5
6 Westmont 13-6 212 6
7 Point Loma Nazarene 16-3 204 7
8 Vanguard 9-14 190 9
9 Xavier 13-10 189 8
10 Shorter 13-5 176 11
11 Concordia (Calif.) 9-14 172 12
12 William Carey 13-10 156 15
13 Lindsey Wilson 15-6 154 14
14 Aquinas 25-4 141 16
15 St. Thomas (Fla.) 14-3 134 17
16 Bethany (Kan.) 21-4 125 24
17 Lee (Tenn.) 4-7 113 RV
18 Webber International 13-6 108 25
19 Lewis-Clark State 11-7 103 19
20 SCAD Savannah 7-4 86 22
21 Tennessee Wesleyan 11-6 74 21
22 Belhaven 13-3 71 NR
23 Campbellsville 14-5 70 RV
24 Martin Methodist 13-5 48 23
25-tie Spring Arbor 18-6 44 NR
25-tie Missouri Valley 11-6 44 NR

Others receiving votes: Northwestern Ohio 42, Biola 35, Northwood (Fla.) 29, Cumberland 26, McPherson 22, Warner 7, Davenport 7, Oklahoma Baptist 4, Emmanuel (Ga.) 4, Pikeville 4, Graceland 4, Indiana Southeast 3, Hope International 1, Taylor 1, Roberts Wesleyan 1.

NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records from 2011)

Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Auburn Montgomery (6) 27-5 247 3
2 Fresno Pacific (4) 21-5 245 1
3 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 22-4 234 2
4 Oklahoma Christian 18-3 223 5
5 Concordia (Calif.) 15-8 221 7
6 Brenau 11-8 205 8
7 Azusa Pacific 21-5 203 4
8 SCAD Savannah 7-4 193 9
9 Vanguard 10-11 188 10
10 Southern Nazarene 15-6 178 11
11 Point Loma Nazarene 20-4 170 6
12 William Carey 15-7 162 12
13 Lee (Tenn.) 10-6 146 13
14 Lindsey Wilson 14-6 140 19
15 Shorter 11-4 138 15
16 Lewis-Clark State 6-14 130 16
17 Indiana Wesleyan 24-4 129 17
18 SCAD Atlanta 127 NR
19 Oklahoma Baptist 9-10 99 20
20 Martin Methodist 11-5 96 18
21 St. Thomas (Fla.) 9-9 88 22
22 Campbellsville 15-7 76 21
23 Belhaven 14-3 74 25
24 Webber International 12-8 68 24
25 Marian (Ind.) 15-7 54 RV

Others receiving votes: Davenport 47, Bethel (Kan.) 23, Missouri Valley 20, Indiana Southeast 17, Taylor 16, Northwestern Ohio 13, Northwood (Fla.) 12, Cumberlands 12, Cumberland 9, Milligan 4, Georgetown (Ky.) 1, Xavier 1, Bethel (Ind.) 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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