Saturday, March 5, 2016

No. 14 Gold Nuggets to play 3 ranked teams in a row

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana, 14th Tuesday in the third NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll of the season, will have a challenging next three days.
The Gold Nuggets (4-3) will play No. 6 William Carey at noon Friday in Hattiesburg, Miss., then return home to play No. 18 LSU-Alexandria at 1 p.m. Saturday and No. 23 William Woods at 11 a.m. Sunday at XU Tennis Center.
Xavier already has lost this season to William Carey (6-3 at home Feb. 6) and LSUA (6-3 Feb. 13 on the road).
Xavier is in the top 25 for the 33rd consecutive time and the 78th time in the last 88 polls. The Gold Nuggets are among the top 15 for the 30th straight time.
Defending champion Auburn Montgomery received 12-of-13 first-place votes and remained No. 1. The top seven teams are the same as they were in the previous poll Feb. 16. William Woods is one of three newcomers in this week's top 25.
Admission is free to all matches at XU Tennis Center.
SCHEDULE NOTES:  XU coach Alan Green said the Friday dual against William Carey was moved up three hours and to the Crusaders' campus courts . . . The start time against LSUA was pushed back two hours . . . A March 10 home dual against Western Kentucky was canceled . . . Added were road duals March 22 at St. Thomas (Fla.) and March 23 at Keiser. Both will start at 2 p.m. EDT.

NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Feb. 28)

1 Auburn Montgomery (12)6-13431
2Georgia Gwinnett (1) 2-13322
3Lindsey Wilson3-33173
4SCAD Savannah6-13114
5Cardinal Stritch2-12955
6William Carey 5-42916
8Arizona Christian7-02589
11Northwestern Ohio4-423411
12Middle Georgia5-4222RV
13Cumberland1-2201 12
15-tieIndiana Wesleyan17-017916
15-tieOlivet Nazarene1-217915
17Lewis-Clark State2-10171tie-13
20McPherson 0-0133 18
21Southeastern (Fla.)4-112719
22SCAD Atlanta3-111621
23William Woods1-085RV
25Marian (Ind.)9-28124


Dropped from rankings:  No. 20 Coastal Georgia, No. 23 Evangel, No. 25 Campbellsville

Others receiving votes:  Campbellsville 66, St. Thomas (Fla.) 32, Reinhardt 30, Ottawa 28, Coastal Georgia 26, Evangel 21, Georgetown (Ky.) 16, San Diego Christian 16, Warner 8, Milligan 6, Texas Wesleyan 3, Aquinas 3, Huntington 3

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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