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Nuggets rank third in postseason for 2nd straight year

May 21, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — For the second consecutive year, Xavier University of Louisiana is No. 3 in the NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Postseason Top 25 Poll. The NAIA announced the rankings Wednesday.
     The Gold Nuggets (17-7) dropped from No. 1 after losing 5-2 to Embry-Riddle (Fla.) in the semifinals of the NAIA National Championship at Mobile, Ala. Embry-Riddle finished second in the rankings after losing 5-4 to Georgia Gwinnett in the final.
     The Gold Nuggets were the only NAIA team to defeat Georgia Gwinnett this season. Five of Xavier's victories were against teams in the postseason top 10.
     Xavier was No. 3 in the preseason, fell to sixth in the first poll of the regular season but climbed to No. 2 on March 18 after winning 5-4 at then-No. 1 Auburn Montgomery. The Gold Nuggets then climbed to No. 1 after a 5-3 home victory against Georgia Gwinnett and held the top spot for two polls.
     Xavier also defeated No. 6 Brenau, No. 8 Northwood (Fla.) and No. 10 Oklahoma Baptist.
     The Gold Nuggets are in the final top 25 of the year for the third consecutive season and the ninth time in 10 seasons.
   
NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through end of season)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Georgia Gwinnett (13) 18-4 343 2
2 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 18-6 332 5
3 Xavier 17-7 318 1
4 Lindsey Wilson 17-5 313 3
5 Auburn Montgomery 19-8 299 4
6 Brenau 16-10 288 6
7 SCAD Savannah 9-8 277 7
8 Northwood (Fla.) 15-5 266 9
9 Vanguard 16-9 256 8
10 Oklahoma Baptist 14-11 243 10
11 Westmont 12-13 230 11
12 Graceland 15-4 220 12
13 Milligan 17-5 207 14
14 Davenport 23-5 197 16
15-tie Indiana Wesleyan 26-5 187 18
15-tie Concordia (Calif.) 9-12 187 15
17 Coastal Georgia 12-8 162 13
18 Lewis-Clark State 5-17 158 17
19 Cardinal Stritch 21-5 154 19
20 Northwestern Ohio 15-11 133 20
21 Marian (Ind.) 17-9 112 22
22 St. Thomas (Fla.) 5-8 109 21
23 Olivet Nazarene 14-6 103 23
24 Cambellsville 15-9 91 24
25 McPherson 16-7 87 25

Others receiving votes: Southeastern (Fla.) 65, Georgetown (Ky.) 52, William Carey 29, Reinhardt 27, Warner 24, Cumberlands 14, IU Southeast 5, 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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