NEW ORLEANS — Georgia Gwinnett, Auburn Montgomery and Xavier University of Louisiana are 1-2-3 in the NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll for the fourth consecutive time.
The top-25 appearance is the 74th in a row for the Gold Rush (12-5). It's Xavier's 44th straight top-10 ranking.
Xavier is 8-0 against NAIA teams, and half of those victories are against top-10 opponents. The Gold Rush have two victories against No. 10 William Carey and one apiece against No. 4 Northwestern Ohio and No. 5 Keiser.
Xavier will play its final home dual of the season at noon Thursday at XU Tennis Center against NCAA Division I's Alcorn State. Honored in a prematch ceremony will be seniorsManav Chakma, Kevin Chaouat and Kyle Montrel.
Alcorn will be Xavier's 10th NCAA DI opponent this season. XU seeks a school-record fifth victory this season against DIs.
The national rankings are the NAIA's sixth of the season. Two-time defending national champion Georgia Gwinnett (19-0) is unanimously No. 1 for the sixth time. The top eight teams are the same as the previous poll.
|NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll|
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through April 10)