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2016 NAIA Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Postseason (May 25)

May 25, 2016
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By Colbi Howser, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Georgia Gwinnett sits atop the leader board for the ninth-consecutive week in the postseason edition of the NAIA Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday.

Top 25 Highlights

• Georgia Gwinnett earns the No. 1 ranking after capturing all nine first-place votes and 219 total points.
• The Grizzlies took home their third-straight national title on May 21 at the 2016 NAIA Men’s Tennis National Championship, beating No. 2 Xavier (La.), 5-2.
• Georgia Gwinnett has earned every first-place vote this season, along with a perfect record (26-0).
• Xavier earns the second spot after winning its way to the championship match with wins against No. 13 Westmont (Calif.), (5-1), No. 7 Keiser (Fla.), (5-3) and No. 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), (5-3).
• The Gold Rush are the first team in Xavier history to make it to a national championship title match.
• Lindsey Wilson moved up four spots in the Top 25 Poll after a huge win against No. 5 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), (5-3) in the quarterfinals of the national championship that led to a first time appearance in the semifinals where they fell to Xavier.
• No. 15 Warner (Fla.) has the most significant jump in the poll, moving up five spots from No. 20. The Royals recorded an upset sweep in the first-round of the national championship against No. 17 McPherson (Kan.), 5-0.
• No. 18 Reinhardt (Ga.) had the most significant drop in the poll, falling five spots.
• Ten teams stayed in the same ranking since last time.
• There are no newcomers to the Top 25 Poll.
• Nine conferences/Association of Independent Institutions/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by six programs from the Southern States Athletic Conference. The Mid-South Conference is second with four teams mentioned.
• No. 13 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) has been ranked 123 times throughout 17 seasons, Auburn Montgomery is second with 121 rankings and Webber International (Fla.) in third with 103.
• Georgia Gwinnett (2015, 16), Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (2009, 08, 07) Fresno Pacific (Calif.) (2011, 10), Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (2006, 04) and Oklahoma City (2001, 00) are the only teams to go the entire season ranked No. 1.
• Auburn Montgomery has the most No. 1 rankings (29). Former-member Azusa Pacific (Calif.) and Fresno Pacific (Calif.) are second with 23 each.


Poll Methodology
• 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.

2016 NAIA Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Final (May 25)

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1st place votes) WON LOST FINAL POINTS
1 1 Georgia Gwinnett (9) 26 0 219
2 3 Xavier (La.) 17 8 212
3 7 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 17 4 202
4 5 Dalton State (Ga.) 19 6 201
5 4 Northwestern Ohio 16 4 188
5 2 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 19 5 188
7 6 Keiser (Fla.) 20 4 178
8 8 Coastal Georgia 13 4 170
9 9 William Carey (Miss.) 13 8 160
10 10 Aquinas (Mich.) 23 8 154
11 12 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 12 10 148
12 11 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 16 7 147
13 14 Westmont (Calif.) 10 9 133
14 18 Cumberlands (Ky.) 13 8 122
15 20 Warner (Fla.) 16 5 120
16 16 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 15 9 118
17 15 McPherson (Kan.) 13 6 102
18 13 Reinhardt (Ga.) 14 4 101
19 17 Mobile (Ala.) 11 8 99
20 19 Bethany (Kan.) 13 4 92
21 21 Middle Georgia State 11 9 75
22 22 Pikeville (Ky.) 11 5 74
23 23 Campbellsville (Ky.) 14 11 65
24 24 Tennessee Wesleyan 18 4 55
25 25 Indiana Southeast 16 12 45
 

Dropped from the Top 25: None

Receiving Votes: Missouri Baptist 35, Marian (Ind.) 33, Southeastern (Fla.) 22, Asbury (Ky.) 10, Cumberland (Tenn.) 6, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 5, Hastings (Neb.) 5, Indiana Tech 3, SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) 3

^ Ranking based off the NAIA Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Final (May 9)