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Gold Nuggets one place from joining Gold Rush in top 10

February 19, 2013

     NEW ORLEANS — A 3-1 record — the program's best start since 2007 — moved Xavier University of Louisiana's women's tennis team from 13th to 11th in the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 poll announced Tuesday afternoon.
     Still in the top 10 are the Xavier men, who fell from eighth to 10th after a pair of losses to top-10 opponents. Still, it's the 13th consecutive time that the Gold Rush are in the top 10 and the 16th time in the last 17 polls.
     Xavier never has had both tennis teams in the NAIA top 10 simultaneously, but this is the closest that coach Alan Green's programs have come to achieving that status. It's the second consecutive poll that both teams are among the top 15 — the other time that happened was in 2009.
     The Gold Nuggets — a top-25 team in just 4-of-9 polls a year ago after a streak of 44 consecutive top-25 appearances from 2004-11 — bolstered their resumé this past weekend with a come-from-behind 5-4 victory against then-No. 18 Oklahoma Baptist and a 6-1 decision against Prairie View A&M. The victory against the Lady Panthers was the Nuggets' first since 2009 against an NCAA Division I member.
     The Gold Rush (3-3) suffered 6-3 losses to top-10s William Carey and Bethany (Kan.) since the preseason rankings, but Xavier also defeated Oklahoma Baptist — 21st this week after receiving no votes in January — and Prairie View.
     The top-25 appearance is the 43rd in a row for the XU men dating to April 4, 2007.
     Xavier is one of eight schools — the others are Auburn Montgomery, Concordia (Calif.), Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Lindsey Wilson, Vanguard, Westmont and William Carey — with both teams in the top 11.
     The next XU home duals will start at 2 p.m. Saturday for the Gold Nuggets against NCAA Division I's McNeese State and 3 p.m. on Feb. 28 for the Nuggets and Rush against Belhaven, which has both its teams in the NAIA top 25.

    
NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Feb. 17)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Auburn Montgomery (13) 2-1 343 1
2 Brenau 3-0 332 3
3 SCAD Savannah 2-1 315 9
4 Lindsey Wilson 0-1 308 4
5 Westmont 5-1 299 8
6 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 1-3 285 2
7 William Carey 1-3 281 6
8 Concordia (Calif.) 2-4 264 5
9 Lewis-Clark State 2-1 262 7
10 Vanguard 1-4 239 10
11 Xavier 3-1 228 13
12 Indiana Wesleyan 15-0 226 11
13 Campbellsville 0-1 215 12
14 Olivet Nazarene 2-0 195 14
15 Lee (Tenn.) 1-0 187 15
16 Oklahoma Baptist 0-3 181 18
17 Robert Morris (Chicago) 0-0 168 16
18 St. Thomas (Fla.) 1-3 163 17
19 Marian (Ind.) 11-2 146 19
20 Cumberland 0-1 130 22
21 Nebraska Wesleyan 1-4 114 24
22 Belhaven 2-0 107 23
23 Martin Methodist 0-1 97 21
24 Bethel (Kan.) 0-2 79 20
25 Davenport 4-3 71 25

Others receiving votes: Georgetown (Ky.) 63, Milligan 62, Webber International 60, Evangel 23, Indiana Southeast 13, Graceland 11, Northwood (Fla.) 9, Arizona Christian 5, Cumberlands 3, Ashford 3.

NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Feb. 17)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (9) 3-1 310 1
2 Auburn Montgomery (2) 3-1 302 2
3 Vanguard (1) 4-0 293 3
4 Lindsey Wilson 0-0 282 4
5-tie Westmont 3-3 266 7
5-tie William Carey 2-0 266 6
7 Bethany (Kan.) 6-1 247 10
8 Concordia (Calif.) 2-4 238 5
9 Aquinas 3-1 230 9
10 Xavier 3-3 228 8
11 Cumberland 0-0 204 11
12 Belhaven 3-0 197 12
13 Olivet Nazarene 2-0 182 13
14 Campbellsville 0-1 169 14
15 Lewis-Clark State 2-1 164 NR
16 Warner 0-1 161 15
17 McPherson 6-1 159 17
18 Graceland 2-1 155 16
19 Pikeville 0-0 127 18
20 Webber International 0-2 119 20
21 Oklahoma Baptist 1-2 108 NR
22 Northwestern Ohio 5-2 102 19
23 Georgetown (Ky.) 2-2 96 22
24-tie Coastal Georgia 2-2 83 23
24-tie Spring Arbor 10-2 83 21

Others receiving votes: Northwood (Fla.) 45, Biola 39, Indiana Wesleyan 34, Missouri Valley 25, Lee (Tenn.) 24, Davenport 23, Asbury 14, Martin Methodist 12, Bethel (Tenn.) 6, Our Lady of the Lake 6.

 

 
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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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