Thursday, May 25, 2017

Nuggets in final top 10 for 4th time in last 5 seasons

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana fell three places Wednesday to No. 10 in the NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Postseason Top 25 poll, but the Gold Nuggets can boast of their fourth top-10 appearance in the last five postseason polls.

The Gold Nuggets began the season 19th, and on March 14 they made their first of six consecutive top-10 appearances. A No. 7 ranking May 7 was their highest of the season.

The Gold Nuggets lost 5-4 to Indiana Wesleyan one week ago in the round of 16 at the NAIA National Championships in Mobile, Ala. IWU replaced XULA at No. 7.

XULA is in the top 25 for the 48th consecutive time. That streak began May 1, 2012. Dating to Feb. 25, 2004, the Gold Nuggets appeared in 93 of the last 103 polls. (The 2005-06 season, when XULA did not compete intercollegiately, is not included.)

Georgia Gwinnett, which repeated as national champion, is a unanimous No. 1 for the 10th consecutive poll.

NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Postseason Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through May 20)

1Georgia Gwinnett (14)26-03741
2Lindsey Wilson22-53622
3William Woods14-1034612
4SCAD Savannah16-43373
6William Carey18-43126
7Indiana Wesleyan37-929410
8San Diego Christian15-42875
11Northwestern Ohio19-72578
12Cardinal Stritch16-623713
15SCAD Atlanta13-721120
16Arizona Christian17-919414
17Lewis-Clark State8-1417516
19Olivet Nazarene10-1215619
20Middle Georgia13-814017
22Georgetown (Ky.)16-812523
24Tennessee Wesleyan12-77825
25St. Thomas (Fla.)4-107424

Dropped from rankings:  none

Others receiving votes:  Reinhardt 48, Coastal Georgia 37, Cumberland 36, Marian (Ind.) 35, Asbury 35, Hastings 25, Missouri Valley 17, Southwestern (Kan.) 17, Brenau 13, Southeastern (Fla.) 6

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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