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Nuggets get rematch with Vanguard at NAIA tournament

May 8, 2012

Tournament bracket (PDF)     NAIA tournament website

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana will play Vanguard at 9 a.m. next Tuesday in the opening round of the NAIA Women's Tennis Championship at Mobile, Ala.
     The NAIA announced the pairings Tuesday.
     It will be a rematch between the Gold Nuggets (7-21) and the Lions (9-14), who won the final two doubles matches to rally for a 5-4 victory against Xavier on April 5 at Costa Mesa, Calif. Since then Xavier has won 4-of-5 duals, including all three in an NAIA unaffiliated group tournament which earned the Nuggets an automatic bid to nationals.
     It will be the sixth time in eight seasons that the Nuggets compete at nationals. They're 5-0 in first-round matchups there, but never have they advanced past the second round.
     Vanguard finished fifth in the Golden State Athletic Conference, which has five of the tournament's 24 teams. The Lions received the last of 10 at-large bids.
     Vanguard was 15th and Xavier 20th in the coaches poll announced Monday. The Nuggets dropped one place from a week ago, but it was the first time this season that the XU women appeared in back-to-back top 25s.
     Sophomore Kourtney Howell and freshman Amanda Materre are Xavier's top two players. Howell is 27th in the Campbell's-Intercollegiate Tennis Association NAIA singles rankings, and Materre is 38th. Howell was the NAIA Player of the Week for April 23-29.
     Copeland-Cox Tennis Center is the tournament venue. Auburn Montgomery is the defending champion and will play the Xavier-Vanguard winner in the second round.

   
NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, May 6)

Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Auburn Montgomery (13) 22-2 343 1
2 Fresno Pacific 20-4 332 2
3 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 18-3 321 3
4 Oklahoma Christian 16-3 310 4
5 Azusa Pacific 17-3 299 5
6 Point Loma Nazarene 16-5 286 6
7 Brenau 13-5 279 7
8 Concordia (Calif.) 14-7 266 8
9 William Carey 14-9 253 9
10 Southern Nazarene 12-5 243 10
11 Lindsey Wilson 15-3 231 tie-11
12 Shorter 19-8 226 tie-11
13 SCAD Savannah 9-3 209 13
14 Lewis-Clark State 7-14 201 14
15 Vanguard 9-14 187 15
16 Indiana Wesleyan 22-2 181 16
17 Campbellsville 13-6 158 18
18 Lee (Tenn.) 9-7 154 17
19 Westmont 7-11 145 20
20 Xavier 7-21 141 19
21 Martin Methodist 11-4 126 21
22 Robert Morris (Chicago) 17-2 115 22
23 St. Thomas (Fla.) 5-4 97 23
24 Oklahoma Baptist 10-8 89 24
25 Marian (Ind.) 21-6 76 25

Others receiving votes: Northwestern Ohio 68, Davenport 36, Webber International 35, Belhaven 27, Nebraska Wesleyan 26, Olivet Nazarene 10, Georgetown (Ky.) 9, Bethel (Kan.) 8, Indiana Southeast 4, Missouri Valley 3, Milligan 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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