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Gold Nuggets' No. 3 rank is their highest in preseason

January 28, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana is No. 3 in the NAIA Women's Tennis Preseason Coaches' Top 25 Poll announced Tuesday. That's the best-ever preseason ranking for the Gold Nuggets, whose previous high was 13th in 2013 and 2007.
     Xavier spent the final seven polls of 2013 in the top 10, including three consecutive times at No. 1. The Gold Nuggets were third in the postseason poll after becoming the first XU team in any sport to reach the semifinals of an NAIA National Championship.
     Coupled with the No. 6 ranking of the Gold Rush, it makes Xavier one of three schools — Auburn Montgomery and Lindsey Wilson are the others — with both tennis teams in the 2014 preseason top six.
     The Gold Nuggets, 19-8 a year ago, will open the season at 2 p.m. on Feb. 7 against city rival Loyola at the XU Tennis Center. That dual originally was scheduled for Saturday. The Nuggets' schedule includes seven dual matches against the NAIA preseason top 25, including No. 1 Auburn Montgomery, No. 2 William Carey, No. 4 Lindsey Wilson and No. 6 Brenau.
     Xavier was 12-1 in 2013 against ranked opponents, including victories on consecutive days against Auburn Montgomery and William Carey.
     Auburn Montgomery, the two-time defending national champion, was a unaminous choice for the top spot. It's the 12th time in the last 14 years that the Warhawks are preseason No. 1.
   
NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records are from previous season)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Auburn Montgomery (13) 17-8 343 1
2 William Carey 14-9 331 2
3 Xavier 19-8 318 3
4 Lindsey Wilson 19-3 312 6
5 SCAD Savannah 13-3 300 tie-5
6 Brenau 13-5 290 tie-5
7 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 12-11 276 7
8 Northwood (Fla.) 10-8 263 8
9 Lewis-Clark State 9-7 252 9
10 Vanguard 12-17 249 12
11 Oklahoma Baptist 14-11 235 11
12 Westmont 17-3 225 10
13 Concordia (Calif.) 10-12 208 13
14 SCAD Atlanta 8-4 198 15
15 Olivet Nazarene 18-9 169 14
16 Indiana Wesleyan 24-4 167 16
17 Coastal Georgia 7-9 162 17
18 Cumberland 14-7 156 18
19 Milligan 19-3 148 19
20 Georgia Gwinnett 5-3 131 NR
21 Campbellsville 11-12 128 20
22 Marian (Ind.) 16-9 116 21
23 Southeastern (Fla.) 7-11 112 23
24 Davenport 20-10 86 24
25 Bethel (Kan.) 14-4 65 25

Others receiving votes: Evangel 54, Nebraska Wesleyan 44, Cumberlands 42, St. Thomas (Fla.) 33, Ashford 30, Graceland 23, Belhaven 20, Robert Morris (Chicago) 20, Northwestern Ohio 5, Cardinal Stritch 5.


 

 
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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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