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Gold Rush heading to nationals for 6th consecutive year

May 5, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana earned a sixth consecutive bid to the NAIA Men's Tennis National Championship by virtue of a No. 9 ranking in the coaches poll Monday.
     The Gold Rush (11-11) are one of 24 teams which qualified. Xavier received the fourth of 10 at-large bids.
     The national tournament will be played May 13-17 at Mobile, Ala. The NAIA will announce seedings and pairings by 5 p.m. CDT Tuesday.
     This is the second time that a Xavier program qualified for a national tournament six consecutive years. Women's basketball did it from 1994-99.
     Xavier is No. 9 for the second straight week. The Gold Rush are in the top 25 for the 28th consecutive time and the 31st time in the last 32 polls.
     Six Gold Rush victories this season are against ranked NAIA opponents. Two more occurred against NCAA Division I teams.
     Xavier was a national quarterfinalist in 2012 and 2013.
     The NAIA will announce a postseason poll May 21.
   
NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through May 4)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (10) 18-3 340 1
2 Auburn Montgomery (1) 22-3 330 2
3 Georgia Gwinnett (2) 17-0 326 3
4 Vanguard 18-4 310 4
5 Lindsey Wilson 16-2 298 5
6 Cumberland 14-5 283 tie-6
7 Westmont 14-6 279 tie-6
8 Belhaven 16-4 268 8
9 Xavier 11-11 254 9
10 Bethany (Kan.) 19-2 242 10
11 Concordia (Calif.) 11-10 232 11
12 Northwestern Ohio 21-3 227 12
13 Aquinas 24-4 213 13
14-tie Graceland 11-5 195 tie-14
14-tie William Carey 9-8 195 tie-14
16 Coastal Georgia 12-7 178 16
17 Bethel (Tenn.) 11-7 162 17
18 Webber International 13-9 158 18
19 Davenport 19-7 150 19
20 Warner 12-2 135 20
21 Pikeville 15-7 116 22
22 Lewis-Clark State 5-11 115 21
23 Olivet Nazarene 12-7 105 23
24 Northwood (Fla.) 8-9 84 24
25 Oklahoma Baptist 6-14 77 25

Others receiving votes: Campbellsville 56, Indiana Wesleyan 46, McPherson 31, Missouri Valley 20, Cumberlands 19, Biola 11, St. Francis (Ill.) 10, Indiana Tech 7, SCAD Atlanta 5, Huntington 4.


 

 
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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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