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For the first time, Gold Nuggets join Gold Rush in top 10

March 5, 2013

     NEW ORLEANS — In his 10th year as coach of the Xavier University of Louisiana men's and women's tennis teams, Alan Green finally has the Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets in the top 10 simultaneously. It happened Tuesday when the NAIA released its third top-25 polls of the season.
     The XU men are familiar with the top 10. They're 10th for the second consecutive poll, and this is their 14th consecutive appearance in the top 10. But it's been a long climb back to the top 10 for the XU women, whose only previous appearance was No. 9 on March 7, 2007. The Gold Nuggets are 10th in the new poll, up one place from the previous poll on Feb. 19.
     This is the 44th consecutive top-25 appearance for the Gold Rush, which equals the Gold Nuggets' poll streak from 2004-11. The XU men are in the top 20 for the 35th consecutive time, the top 15 for the 20th consecutive time and the top 10 for the 17th time in 18 polls. For the Gold Nuggets, this is their sixth consecutive top-25 appearance and their 51st appearance in the last 61 polls.
     The Gold Rush are 1-1 since the previous poll, including a 5-4 home victory last week against Belhaven, which remained No. 12. The Gold Nuggets are 1-4 since the previous poll, but all the losses were to NCAA Division I opponents. The victory was 9-0 against Belhaven, which dropped from 22nd to 24th.
     Both XU teams will compete Friday in the AUM Invitational at Montgomery, Ala. The women will play NAIA No. 22 Cumberland at 9 a.m. at the AUM Tennis Complex, and the men will play 22nd-ranked Coastal Georgia at 1 p.m. at Lagoon Park Tennis Center. XU coach Alan Green announced Tuesday that the men of NAIA No. 4 Lindsey Wilson have dropped the Gold Rush from its schedule — they were to meet March 13 in Hattiesburg, Miss.
     Several other ranked NAIA teams will compete in the AUM Invitational — Auburn Montgomery (women No. 2, men No. 2), Belhaven, Campbellsville (women No. 13, men No. 15), Cumberland (men No. 11) and the men of Graceland, ranked 17th and coached by XU graduate and former player Monroe Walker.
     William Carey, which defeated AUM 5-4 this past week, collected 10-of-12 first-place votes and replaced AUM as the No. 1 women's team. Embry-Riddle (Fla.), despite receiving a season-low 7-of-12 first-place votes, is No. 1 for the third time in as many men's polls this year.

    
NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, March 3)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 William Carey (10) 3-3 341 7
2 Auburn Montgomery 3-2 329 1
3 Brenau 6-0 318 2
4 SCAD Savannah (2) 3-2 309 3
5 Lindsey Wilson 2-2 302 4
6 Westmont 7-1 290 5
7 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 3-5 276 6
8 Concordia (Calif.) 4-5 265 8
9 Lewis-Clark State 3-3 256 9
10 Xavier 4-5 240 11
11 Vanguard 4-6 239 10
12 Indiana Wesleyan 15-0 219 12
13 Campbellsville 1-1 208 13
14 Oklahoma Baptist 1-4 189 16
15 Olivet Nazarene 2-3 182 14
16-tie Coastal Georgia 1-4 179 NR
16-tie Northwood (Fla.) 4-1 179 RV
18 Lee (Tenn.) 1-2 144 15
19 Marian (Ind.) 11-2 142 19
20 Robert Morris (Chicago) 0-0 131 17
21 St. Thomas (Fla.) 3-3 130 18
22 Cumberland 0-1 111 20
23 Nebraska Wesleyan 1-4 99 21
24 Belhaven 3-1 88 22
25 Milligan 5-1 73 RV

Others receiving votes: Davenport 61, Bethel (Kan.) 61, Martin Methodist 52, Georgetown (Ky.) 33, SCAD Atlanta 22, Evangel 13, Arizona Christian 8, Graceland 7, Indiana Southeast 6, Ashford (Iowa) 5.

NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, March 3)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (7) 6-1 308 1
2 Auburn Montgomery (1) 5-1 299 2
3 Vanguard (4) 9-0 298 3
4 Lindsey Wilson 2-1 281 4
5 Westmont 5-4 267 tie-5
6 William Carey 3-1 265 tie-5
7 Bethany (Kan.) 6-1 253 7
8 Concordia (Calif.) 4-5 235 8
9 Aquinas 3-3 234 9
10 Xavier 4-4 227 10
11 Cumberland 1-0 206 11
12 Belhaven 3-1 198 12
13 Lewis-Clark State 3-1 187 15
14 Olivet Nazarene 3-2 184 13
15 Campbellsville 1-1 174 14
16 Oklahoma Baptist 3-4 153 21
17 Graceland 4-1 148 18
18 Northwood (Fla.) 3-1 144 RV
19 McPherson 7-2 140 17
20 Pikeville 1-1 130 19
21 Northwestern Ohio 6-2 93 22
22 Coastal Georgia 4-2 90 tie-24
23 Georgetown (Ky.) 2-2 89 23
24 Bethel (Tenn.) 6-0 87 RV
25 Spring Arbor 11-2 72 tie-24

Others receiving votes: Davenport 70, Warner 63, St. Thomas (Fla.) 30, Indiana Wesleyan 21, Webber International 17, Missouri Valley 13, Asbury 11, Hope International 8, Our Lady of the Lake 4.

 

 
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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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