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Gold Rush climb one place to No. 9 in NAIA poll

April 29, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana moved from 10th to ninth Tuesday in the NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll and extended its streak of top-10 appearances.
     It's the 27th consecutive time that the Gold Rush (11-11) have been in the top 10 and the 30th time in the last 31 polls. The XU men have 57 consecutive top-25 appearances dating to April 4, 2007.
     Xavier lost 5-1 Saturday at home to third-ranked Georgia Gwinnett in the championship of the NAIA Unaffiliated Group 2 Tournament. Gold Rush highlights since the previous poll include a 5-4 victory against the University of New Orleans — the third straight year that the Rush beat the Privateers — and a 5-0 decision over No. 25 Oklahoma Baptist in the semifinals of the unaffiliated group tournament.
     The Gold Rush hope to receive an at-large bid to the NAIA National Championship, which will begin May 13 in Mobile, Ala. The 24-team men's field will be announced May 5, with pairings to be revealed the following day.
     Defending champion Embry-Riddle (Fla.) is No. 1 for the seventh time in as many polls this season.
   
NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through April 27)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (10) 18-3 340 1
2 Auburn Montgomery (1) 22-3 331 2
3 Georgia Gwinnett (2) 17-0 325 3
4 Vanguard 18-4 310 4
5 Lindsey Wilson 16-2 294 7
6-tie Cumberland 14-5 282 6
6-tie Westmont 14-6 282 5
8 Belhaven 16-4 269 8
9 Xavier 11-11 253 10
10 Bethany (Kan.) 19-2 243 11
11 Concordia (Calif.) 11-10 233 12
12 Northwestern Ohio 21-3 228 17
13 Aquinas 24-4 213 9
14-tie Graceland 11-5 195 14
14-tie William Carey 9-8 195 13
16 Coastal Georgia 12-7 177 15
17 Bethel (Tenn.) 11-7 159 18
18 Webber International 13-9 155 tie-22
19 Davenport 19-7 145 19
20 Warner 12-2 134 16
21 Lewis-Clark State 5-11 124 20
22 Pikeville 15-7 122 21
23 Olivet Nazarene 12-7 98 tie-22
24 Northwood (Fla.) 8-9 83 24
25 Oklahoma Baptist 6-14 70 25

Others receiving votes: Campbellsville 52, Indiana Wesleyan 46, McPherson 27, Cumberlands 26, Missouri Valley 25, St. Francis (Ill.) 16, Biola 15, SCAD Atlanta 7, Indiana Tech 7, Martin Methodist 4, Mobile 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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