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Gold Rush jump from 9th to 7th in NAIA coaches poll

March 18, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana made the second-biggest climb Tuesday — from ninth place to seventh — in the NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
     The Gold Rush (4-7) are in the top 10 for the 24th straight time and in the top 25 for the 54th consecutive time dating to April 4, 2007.
     Xavier is 2-2 since the previous poll, but both victories were against ranked teams, Coastal Georgia and Cumberland. Coastal Georgia made the largest climb in the poll, from 25th to 15th.
     Defending champion Embry-Riddle (Fla.) remained No. 1 for the fourth time in as many polls, but it's the first time this season that the Eagles are not a unanimous choice for the top spot. Embry-Riddle received 7-of-12 first-place votes, with No. 2 Auburn Montgomery collecting three and No. 3 Georgia Gwinnett getting two. Embry-Riddle is three poll points ahead of AUM.
     Beginning Thursday, the XU men will be on the road for four duals in four days. In Nashville, Tenn., they'll play No. 13 Graceland on Thursday and unranked Milligan on Saturday. The Gold Rush will visit No. 6 Lindsey Wilson on Friday and No. 8 Cumberland on Sunday.
   
NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through March 16)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (7) 8-2 307 1
2 Auburn Montgomery (3) 14-3 304 2
3 Georgia Gwinnett (2) 12-0 290 4
4 Vanguard 7-2 287 3
5 Westmont 6-2 271 5
6 Lindsey Wilson 4-1 262 6
7 Xavier 4-7 252 9
8 Cumberland 1-4 237 7
9 Belhaven 10-3 232 8
10 Aquinas 11-1 228 10
11 Concordia (Calif.) 4-5 210 11
12 William Carey 4-3 197 12
13 Graceland 4-3 190 13
14 Bethany (Kan.) 8-0 176 15
15 Coastal Georgia 7-6 172 25
16 Northwestern Ohio 13-1 168 16
17 Bethel (Tenn.) 7-4 152 14
18 Warner 9-0 147 17
19 Lewis-Clark State 3-5 132 18
20 Davenport 9-4 117 21
21 Northwood (Fla.) 2-3 111 19
22 Pikeville 4-4 110 20
23 Olivet Nazarene 3-7 89 23
24 Campbellsville 5-2 76 24
25 Oklahoma Baptist 2-8 68 22

Others receiving votes: Webber International 48, Indiana Wesleyan 48, McPherson 28, St. Francis (Ill.) 27, Missouri Valley 21, Martin Methodist 15, Cumberlands 10, Mobile 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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