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Gold Rush remain eighth in the NAIA coaches poll

April 2, 2013

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana remained eighth Tuesday in the newest NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll. It's the 16th consecutive top-10 appearance for the XU men — a streak which began in May 2011 — and their 19th in the last 20 polls.
     Xavier (10-6) won 3-of-4 dual matches since the March 19 poll, including road victories against NCAA Division I New Orleans and Northwood (Fla.), which is ranked 15th in the NAIA. The Gold Rush have five victories this season against teams in this week's top 25 — also No. 9 Cumberland, No. 14 Belhaven, No. 17 Oklahoma Baptist and No. 20 Webber International — and three against NCAA D-Is.
     This the 46th consecutive Gold Rush appearance in the top 25. That streak began with the poll of April 4, 2007.
     Xavier has four losses against top-7 teams, and two will face the Rush this week in rematches. Xavier will travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., to play No. 6 William Carey at 3 p.m. Friday, then the Rush will play No. 1 Auburn Montgomery at 2 p.m. Saturday at the new XU Tennis Center. AUM defeated Xavier 5-4 on March 10 on the final day of the AUM Invitational. AUM's score included two matches Xavier defaulted because of insufficient players.

   
NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, March 31)

Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Auburn Montgomery (6) 12-3 306 1
2 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (4) 14-2 302 2
3 Vanguard (2) 17-0 298 3
4 Lindsey Wilson 6-2 279 4
5 Westmont 8-9 272 5
6 William Carey 7-2 262 6
7 Bethany (Kan.) 11-1 253 7
8 Xavier 10-6 246 8
9 Cumberland 9-2 229 11
10 Concordia (Calif.) 8-9 223 9
11 Bethel (Tenn.) 16-1 210 10
12 Lewis-Clark State 5-1 203 12
13 Aquinas 14-4 192 13
14 Belhaven 10-3 187 14
15 Northwood (Fla.) 9-4 166 15
16 Campbellsville 5-5 147 17
17 Oklahoma Baptist 10-7 145 16
18 Northwestern Ohio 9-4 137 22
19 McPherson 12-5 132 19
20 Webber International 10-7 127 RV
21 Olivet Nazarene 3-8 119 18
22 Warner 8-6 108 RV
23 Graceland 10-5 84 RV
24 Davenport 12-6 83 RV
25 Spring Arbor 15-4 77 23

Others receiving votes: St. Thomas (Fla.) 54, Pikeville 53, Indiana Wesleyan 39, Coastal Georgia 31, Martin Methodist 31, Cumberlands 10, Hope International 5, Asbury 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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