Wednesday, January 27, 2016
XU 11th, in preseason top 25 for 10th time in 11 years
NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana was 11th Tuesday in the 2016 NAIA Women's Tennis Preseason Top 25 Poll.
The Gold Nuggets are in the preseason top 25 for the fourth consecutive year and the 10th time in 11 seasons. Although Xavier's streak of 25 consecutive appearances in the top 10 ended, it's the Nuggets' 31st straight appearance in the top 25 and 28th straight time in the top 15.
Defending champion Auburn Montgomery received 11-of-12 first-place votes and is preseason No. 1 for the 13th time in 16 seasons. Second-ranked Georgia Gwinnett, the 2014 champion, received the other first-place vote.
Already announced XU opponents in the top 25 are No. 6 William Carey (Feb. 6 at Xavier, March 4 at Hattiesburg, Miss.) and No. 12 Northwestern Ohio (March 29 at Xavier).
The Gold Nuggets, a semifinalist at the NAIA National Championship in 2013 and 2014, will open their spring schedule at 10 a.m. Saturday against city rival Loyola at XU Tennis Center. The XU men will play their home opener against Loyola at the same time.
Xavier returns six letterwomen from 2015.
NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll
1. Auburn Montgomery
2. Georgia Gwinnett
3. Lindsey Wilson
4. SCAD Savannah
5. Cardinal Stritch
6. William Carey
10. Arizona Christian
12. Northwestern Ohio
13. Lewis-Clark State
15. Olivet Nazarene
16. Indiana Wesleyan
19. Southeastern (Fla.)
20. Coastal Georgia
21. SCAD Atlanta
23. Marian (Ind.)