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Gold Nuggets are No. 1 in NAIA for second straight week

May 5, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana is No. 1 in the NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll for the second consecutive week.
     The Gold Nuggets (15-6) climbed from No. 2 to the top spot a week ago after defeating then-No. 1 Georgia Gwinnett 5-3 in the championship of the NAIA Unaffiliated Group Tournament on April 26. Xavier held on to its ranking on Monday by collecting 12-of-13 first-place votes.
     The Gold Nuggets have four victories against teams in this week's top 10.
     Xavier is expected to be the top seed for the NAIA National Championship, which will begin May 13 in Mobile, Ala. The NAIA announced Monday that Xavier was one of 24 teams which qualified. Seedings and pairings for the tournament will be revealed by 5 p.m. CDT Tuesday.
     The top eight seeds will receive first-round byes and compete in the second round May 14. The championship will be May 17.
     Xavier was No. 1 entering the 2013 national tournament before losing in the semifinals.
     The NAIA will announce a postseason poll May 21.
   
NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through May 4)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Xavier (12) 15-6 343 1
2 Georgia Gwinnett 14-4 331 2
3 Lindsey Wilson (1) 15-4 321 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 8-7 277 7
8 Vanguard 16-8 266 8
9 Northwood (Fla.) 13-4 255 9
10 Oklahoma Baptist 13-10 244 10
11 Westmont 11-12 231 11
12 Graceland 14-3 223 12
13 Coastal Georgia 12-7 212 13
14 Milligan 16-4 199 14
15 Concordia (Calif.) 8-11 190 15
16 Davenport 22-4 177 16
17 Lewis-Clark State 5-16 157 17
18 Indiana Wesleyan 24-2 156 18
19 Cardinal Stritch 21-4 145 19
20 Northwestern Ohio 15-10 137 20
21 St. Thomas (Fla.) 5-8 114 tie-22
22 Marian (Ind.) 17-9 112 21
23 Olivet Nazarene 14-6 110 tie-22
24 Cambellsville 14-7 90 24
25 McPherson 16-6 72 25

Others receiving votes: Southeastern (Fla.) 63, Georgetown (Ky.) 52, Warner 33, William Carey 24, Bethel (Kan.) 19, Cumberlands 15, Reinhardt 13, Evangel 11, Cumberland 6. .


 

 
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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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