By Mike DeVader, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Georgia Gwinnett is once again the top-ranked team in the country of the 2015 NAIA Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Grizzlies earned 343 points and all 13 first-place votes for the third-consecutive release on the way to No. 1.
The top-ranked team remains 9-1 on the year. Georgia Gwinnett has won five in-a-row after falling to NCAA Division II Barry (Fla.), 6-3, on March 8. The top team has swept its last three opponents during that streak, including Cumberlands (Ky.) earlier today (9-0).
The Grizzlies take on NCAA Division II Hawaii-Pacific on April 3.
Rounding out the top five is No. 2 Embry-Riddle (8-3) – 2014 national runner-up – with 329 total points. Continuing at No. 3 is Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (13-3) with 323 points. The rest of the top five includes 2014 national championship semifinalist Vanguard (Calif.) (13-0 and 311 points) in fourth, and quarterfinalist Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (7-2 and 299 points) is fifth.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions. For the entire 2015 NAIA Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll schedule, click here.
The third regular-season edition of the Top 25 Poll will be March 31.
Notes: (All information as of the 2000 season) Georgia Gwinnett is ranked No. 1 for the fifth time in program history, and third-straight regular-season edition… Embry-Riddle (Fla.) had topped the poll for 12-straight editions prior to the 2014 Coaches’ Postseason Poll on May 21, 2014… Auburn Montgomery’s (Ala.) 29 top mentions are the most all-time… The Warhawks are followed by former-members Azusa Pacific (Calif.) and Fresno Pacific (Calif.) with 23 each, Embry-Riddle with 15 and Oklahoma City with 13… Two teams held the No. 1 ranking in 2014: Embry-Riddle and Georgia Gwinnett.
2015 NAIA Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (March 17)
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2014-15 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Georgia Gwinnett (13)||9-1||343|
|3||3||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||13-3||323|
|5||5||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||7-2||299|
|15||17||San Diego Christian (Calif.)||6-4||188|
|16||NR||Dalton State (Ga.)||6-4||161|
|17||19||SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)||0-3||153|
|19||21||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||2-5||133|
|21||11||William Carey (Miss.)||6-4||126|
|22||23||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||4-3||121|
|24||24||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||3-4||80|
Others Receiving Votes: McPherson (Kan.) 67; Tennessee Wesleyan 54; Southeastern (Fla.) 37; Marian (Ind.), 37; Pikeville (Ky.) 27; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 24; Mobile (Ala.), 12; Missouri Valley 8; Cornerstone (Mich.) 5; Biola (Calif.) 4; St. Francis (Ill.) 3.
^ 2015 NAIA Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (March 3)