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Gold Rush preseason rank is 12th straight in NAIA top 10

January 29, 2013

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana was in a familiar spot in the 2013 NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Preseason Poll announced Tuesday.
     The Gold Rush, 18-8 this past season, are No. 8 in the first of nine team polls this year. It's the 12th consecutive top-10 appearance for the XU men dating to May 2011 and their 42nd consecutive top-25 ranking dating to April 2007.
     It's also Xavier's highest preseason ranking in this sport. Xavier was ninth in the 2012 preseason and finished the year No. 7 after becoming the first from Xavier in any sport to reach the national quarterfinals since men's basketball in 1973.
     Xavier opened its spring season this past weekend with a 6-1 loss to Tulane. The Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets will travel to Houma, La., to play Nicholls State at 4 p.m. Saturday. The next Gold Rush home match will start at 2 p.m. on Feb. 8 against NAIA No. 6 William Carey at the new XU Tennis Center.
     The next two top 25s will be announced Feb. 19 and March 5.
   
NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records are from 2012 season)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (8) 20-4 279 3
2 Auburn Montgomery (2) 17-8 271 5
3 Vanguard (1) 15-11 265 6
4 Lindsey Wilson 19-6 245 10
5 Concordia (Calif.) 9-13 243 12
6 William Carey 17-5 235 9
7 Westmont 12-10 230 8
8 Xavier 18-8 223 7
9 Aquinas 26-3 212 13
10 Bethany (Kan.) 22-4 205 14
11 Cumberland 18-3 179 16
12 Belhaven 16-4 174 15
13 Olivet Nazarene 15-5 168 20
14 Campbellsville 19-7 166 17
15 Warner 13-5 160 18
16 Graceland 9-7 143 RV
17 McPherson 15-4 137 RV
18 Pikeville 12-6 126 RV
19 Northwestern Ohio 18-7 119 21
20 Webber International 15-7 116 23
21 Spring Arbor 10-2 100 24
22 Georgetown (Ky.) 12-11 90 RV
23 Coastal Georgia 6-7 89 NR
24 Biola 5-14 73 RV
25 Lee (Tenn.) 9-8 67 RV

Others receiving votes: Indiana Wesleyan 55; Davenport 49, Missouri Valley 41, SCAD Savannah 23, St. Francis (Ill.) 14, Martin Methodist 13, Tennessee Wesleyan 6, Asbury 4, Hastings 3.


 

 
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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, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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