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Nuggets move to No. 2, their highest rank of the season

March 18, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — Not only did the Xavier University of Louisiana women's tennis team defeat Auburn Montgomery, but the Gold Nuggets also helped knock the Warhawks out of the top spot in the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll on Tuesday.
     Xavier (8-4) climbed from fifth after four consecutive victories since the previous poll, including a 5-4 decision at AUM on March 9. It was the Gold Nuggets' first-ever victory against a top-ranked team. Xavier has a season-best five-dual winning streak, and the poll position is its highest since being No. 1 in three consecutive polls in 2013. Before Tuesday, Xavier's highest rank this year was third in the preseason.
     The Gold Nuggets are in the top 10 for the 11th consecutive time.
     Second-year program Georgia Gwinnett, the only NAIA team to beat Xavier this season — 5-2 at Hattiesburg, Miss., on Feb. 16 — is the new No. 1. The Grizzlies (12-2 overall, 7-0 against NAIA teams) received 11-of-12 first place votes, with AUM (10-6, 9-1) getting the other.
     AUM is ranked third, four points behind Xavier.
     Beginning Thursday, the Gold Nuggets will be on the road for four duals in four days. They'll visit No. 4 Lindsey Wilson on Friday, play No. 18 Milligan in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday and visit No. 15 Cumberland on Sunday. XU's Thursday dual will be against Graceland, which missed the top 25 by six points.
   
NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through March 16)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Georgia Gwinnett (11) 12-2 312 2
2 Xavier 8-4 296 5
3 Auburn Montgomery (1) 10-6 292 1
4 Lindsey Wilson 1-3 281 tie-3
5 SCAD Savannah 1-2 278 tie-3
6 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 5-3 259 7
7 Brenau 7-5 257 6
8 Northwood (Fla.) 7-3 241 8
9 Vanguard 5-5 232 9
10 Lewis-Clark State 2-9 218 10
11 Oklahoma Baptist 6-5 211 11
12 Westmont 5-6 207 12
13 Concordia (Calif.) 3-6 185 13
14 SCAD Atlanta 4-2 179 tie-14
15 Cumberland 3-2 173 18
16 Coastal Georgia 7-5 159 tie-14
17 Indiana Wesleyan 16-1 158 16
18 Milligan 9-2 139 19
19 William Carey 3-5 134 17
20 Cardinal Stritch 11-2 122 20
21 Marian (Ind.) 14-4 111 21
22 Campbellsville 4-2 99 23
23 Northwestern Ohio 8-5 83 22
24 Olivet Nazarene 5-4 76 24
25 Davenport 9-4 62 25

Others receiving votes: Graceland 56, Belhaven 53, St. Thomas (Fla.) 40, Bethel (Kan.) 31, Southeastern (Fla.) 15, Cumberlands 11, Tennessee Wesleyan 8, McPherson 8, Ashford 5, Evangel 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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