It's the second time in three polls this season that the Gold Rush ranking is the best in school history. Xavier was fourth in the preseason Jan. 26 — its pre-2016 high had been fifth — and again in the first regular-season rankings Feb. 16.
Xavier is in the top 10 for the 41st consecutive time and in the top 25 for the 71st consecutive time. Xavier began its top-10 streak May 3, 2011, and its top-25 streak April 4, 2007.
Two-time defending champion Georgia Gwinnett was a unanimous No. 1 for the third time this season. Preseason No. 2 Auburn Montgomery returned to that spot after ranking fifth two weeks ago, and previous No. 3 Lindsey Wilson fell to sixth.
Climbing from sixth to fourth was Northwestern Ohio, which will visit Xavier at 2 p.m. March 29.
The next rankings will be announced March 15.
Next for the Gold Rush will be a trip to Hattiesburg, Miss., to play 10th-ranked William Carey at noon Friday, then a home dual at 11 a.m. Sunday against William Woods at XU Tennis Center. Xavier defeated William Carey 8-1 at XU Feb. 6.
SCHEDULE NOTES: XU coach Alan Green said the Friday dual against William Carey was moved up three hours and to the Crusaders' campus courts . . . Added were road duals March 22 at St. Thomas (Fla.) and March 23 at Keiser. Both will start at 2 p.m. EDT.
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(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Feb. 28)