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Gold Rush in preseason top 10 for 3rd consecutive year

January 28, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana is tied for sixth with Lindsey Wilson in the NAIA Men's Tennis Preseason Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The NAIA announced rankings Tuesday.
     The Gold Rush are in the preseason top 10 for the third consecutive year. It's the highest-ever preseason ranking for the XU men, who are in the top 10 for the 21st consecutive time. They ranked a program-record fifth in the 2013 postseason.
     Coupled with the Gold Nuggets' No. 3 ranking, 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.
     Xavier is in the top 25 for the 51st consecutive time. That streak began April 4, 2007.
     The Gold Rush — 15-8 in 2013 and an NAIA National Championship quarterfinalist each of the past two years — will open the season at 3 p.m. Friday at NCAA Division I member Nicholls State. Xavier's schedule includes eight dual matches against the NAIA preseason top 25, including No. 2 Auburn Montgomery, No. 5 Georgia Gwinnett, Lindsey Wilson and No. 8 Cumberland.
     The home opener for both Xavier teams will be Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. against city rival Loyola at the XU Tennis Center. Those duals were pushed back from Saturday.
     Defending champion Embry-Riddle (Fla.) was unanimously chosen No. 1. It's the second consecutive year that the Eagles top the preseason rankings.
   
NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records are from previous season)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (13) 24-2 343 1
2 Auburn Montgomery 21-4 331 2
3 Vanguard 24-1 321 3
4 Westmont 13-11 306 4
5 Georgia Gwinnett 11-1 300 NR
6-tie Xavier 15-8 282 5
6-tie Lindsey Wilson 17-4 282 6
8 Cumberland 19-5 264 7
9 Aquinas 25-5 258 8
10 Bethany 22-2 244 9
11 Bethel (Tenn.) 20-2 231 10
12 Concordia (Calif.) 12-13 223 11
13 Belhaven 15-4 204 12
14 Graceland 15-7 192 14
15 William Carey 9-6 188 13
16 Northwestern Ohio 14-8 180 15
17 Northwood (Fla.) 12-6 170 16
18 Oklahoma Baptist 15-11 164 18
19 Warner 13-10 149 17
20 Lewis-Clark State 6-9 126 20
21 Pikeville 10-5 119 21
22 Olivet Nazarene 11-13 116 19
23 Campbellsville 10-12 103 22
24 Davenport 18-7 92 24
25 McPherson 23-8 71 23

Others receiving votes: Webber International 63, Indiana Wesleyan 53, St. Francis (Ill.) 26, Coastal Georgia 17, Missouri Valley 16, Huntington 12, Indiana Tech 12, Asbury 9, Cumberlands 8, Martin Methodist 6, Cornerstone 3, Marian (Ind.) 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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