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Back on top: Gold Nuggets No. 1 in NAIA coaches poll

April 29, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — For the second consecutive season, Xavier University of Louisiana has ascended to No. 1 in the NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
     The Gold Nuggets (15-6) collected 12-of-13 first-place votes Tuesday and swapped places with Georgia Gwinnett, which dropped to second. Xavier defeated Georgia Gwinnett 5-3 on Saturday in the championship of the NAIA Unaffiliated Group 2 Tournament at XU.
     On April 16, 2013, the Gold Nuggets became the first XU team in any sport to reach No. 1 in an NAIA coaches poll. They were No. 1 for three consecutive polls before losing to William Carey in the semifinals of the NAIA National Championship, then falling to No. 3 in the postseason poll.
     This season the Gold Nuggets were third in the preseason, dropped to sixth in the first regular-season poll but climbed to No. 2 on March 18 after a 5-4 victory at then-No. 1 and three-time defending NAIA champion Auburn Montgomery. Xavier was No. 2 for three consecutive polls before Tuesday's announcement.
     It's the Gold Nuggets' 14th consecutive top-10 appearance and their fifth consecutive appearance in the top five.
     "It's nice to be No. 1," XU coach Alan Green said, "but we were in the same position last year and didn't finish on top. Our goal now is to refocus and try to come home with a national championship. We know if we don't play our best, anyone in the top five can beat us."
     Xavier's next dual will start at 9 a.m. on May 14 in the second round of the national tournament at Copeland-Cox Mobile Tennis Center at Mobile, Ala. The NAIA will announce the 24-team field May 5, and pairings will be revealed May 6.
   
NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through April 27)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Xavier (12) 15-6 343 2
2 Georgia Gwinnett 14-4 328 1
3 Lindsey Wilson (1) 15-4 325 3
4 Auburn Montgomery 18-7 309 4
5 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 15-5 301 5
6 Brenau 15-9 288 6
7 SCAD Savannah 8-7 274 7
8 Vanguard 16-8 269 8
9 Northwood (Fla.) 13-4 255 9
10 Oklahoma Baptist 13-10 243 10
11 Westmont 11-12 230 11
12 Graceland 14-3 221 12
13 Coastal Georgia 12-7 215 13
14 Milligan 16-4 195 15
15 Concordia (Calif.) 8-11 194 14
16 Davenport 22-4 172 17
17 Lewis-Clark State 5-16 161 16
18 Indiana Wesleyan 24-2 155 18
19 Cardinal Stritch 21-4 144 19
20 Northwestern Ohio 15-10 134 20
21 Marian (Ind.) 17-9 111 22
22-tie St. Thomas (Fla.) 5-8 107 24
22-tie Olivet Nazarene 14-6 107 23
24 Cambellsville 14-7 100 21
25 McPherson 16-6 64 RV

Others receiving votes: Southeastern (Fla.) 58, Georgetown (Ky.) 53, Reinhardt 42, Warner 34, William Carey 20, Cumberlands 14, Evangel 10, Bethel (Kan.) 5, Cumberland 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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