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No. 1! Gold Nuggets make history in NAIA coaches poll
Howell, an NAIA All-American in 2012.
has a lot of confidence right now. Being No. 1 definitely makes us want to
train harder. I think we'll handle the pressure fine."
April 16, 2013
NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's
women's tennis program made a historic leap to No. 1 in the NAIA Coaches' Top 25
Poll announced shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday.
This is the first time that a Xavier team in any
sport has been ranked No. 1 in the NAIA. Xavier has competed in intercollegiate
athletics since the 1930s and has produced NAIA-ranked teams since the
"This validates all the hard work and all the tough
scheduling we've done through the years," said 10th-year XU coach Alan Green,
whose team has won its last six duals
and 10 of its last 12. "This is what I hoped we would get out of it."
The Gold Nuggets (14-7), No. 6 in the
poll two weeks ago, received 8-of-13 first-place votes
after dual-match victories against then-No. 2 William Carey on April 5 and then-No. 3
Auburn Montgomery the following day. AUM defeated then-No. 1 Brenau
on April 9. Xavier is 9-0 this season against ranked NAIA opponents; all
the losses were to NCAA Division I teams.
Brenau is second and AUM third in the new poll.
Brenau received four first-place votes and AUM one.
"Everyone on the team believes we deserve this. It
wasn't given to us," said junior Kourtney
NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, April 14)
||Auburn Montgomery (1)
|| Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
||St. Thomas (Fla.)
Others receiving votes: Nebraska Wesleyan 71, Belhaven 52, Davenport 48,
Georgetown (Ky.) 27, Bethel (Kan.) 21, Northwestern Ohio 16,
Robert Morris (Chicago) 13, Hope International 11, Martin Methodist 7,
Indiana Southeast 5.
The Gold Nuggets were 13th in the preseason
poll on Jan. 29 and have climbed in every poll thereafter. This is the Nuggets'
fourth consecutive top-10 appearance. The NAIA releases tennis polls every two weeks.
Although six of the previous eight Xavier teams qualified
for the NAIA National Championship, the Gold Nuggets had spent just one
week in the top 10 before this season. That was a No. 9 ranking in March 2007.
Xavier's next match will be Friday
against Fisk in the quarterfinals of an NAIA unaffiliated group qualifying
tournament at Jonesboro, Ga. The winner of that tournament will receive
an automatic bid to nationals. Challenging the Nuggets from the opposite side
of the eight-team bracket will be No. 19
SCAD Atlanta and No. 21 Milligan.
"We've made it to the top of the rankings, but in no
way am I satisfied," Green said. "We still have a long way to go. We have a
qualifying tournament this week and nationals next month. But I think we now
believe we can win the national championship."
Xavier is one of 38 U.S. colleges listed as a
"Best Buy School" in the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges.
|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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