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2018 NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll POSTSEASON (May 23)

By Jed Flemming, NAIA Athletics Communications and Media Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After capturing their fifth-straight national championship, Georgia Gwinnett garnered all 14 first-place votes to finish the season as the No. 1 team for the 37th-straight poll in the postseason edition of the 2018 NAIA Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Wednesday.

Top 25 Highlights

• Georgia Gwinnett stayed perfect on the year to win the 2018 NAIA Men’s Tennis National Championship. The title is the fifth-straight for the Grizzlies.
• The Grizzlies finished the season as the lone undefeated team with a 27-0 record on the season. Georgia Gwinnett also extended its winning streak to 82-straight wins. This is the longest active winning streak in all levels of college sports.
Reinhardt (Ga.) made an incredible run at the national championship to jump from No. 14 in the previous poll to No. 5 this poll. At the national championship, the Eagles upset then-No. 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and then-No. 6 Cumberland (Tenn.) to advance to their first-ever national championship semifinal. No. 5 is the highest ranking in program history for the Eagles.
• The longest consecutive active streak in the poll is owned by No. 3 Xavier (La.) with 95-consecutive appearances. No. 17 Westmont (Calif.) follows with 81-straight appearances.
• There were no newcomers this week.

Poll Methodology

• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups.
• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• Frequency of polls occur bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) for the 2017-18 academic season. This change will allow raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work in between rating periods.
• For the complete ratings calendar, CLICK HERE

2018 NAIA Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – POSTSEASON (May 23, 2018)

RANK WEEK SCHOOL [1st Place Votes] Record FINAL POINTS
1 1 Georgia Gwinnett [14] 27-0 374
2 2 Keiser (Fla.) 18-7 362
3 4 Xavier (La.) 13-12 350
4 5 William Carey (Miss.) 13-4 327
5 14 Reinhardt (Ga.) 19-4 321
6 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 14-1 313
7 7 William Woods (Mo.) 16-7 307
8 6 Cumberland (Tenn.) 21-4 296
9 11 Campbellsville (Ky.) 20-7 271
10 9 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 16-5 265
11 8 Mobile (Ala.) 19-3 261
12 10 Arizona Christian 19-8 248
13 13 Middle Georgia State 12-8 232
14 17 Union (Ky.) 14-6 208
15 16 Tennessee Wesleyan 12-5 195
15 12 University of Northwestern Ohio 13-6 195
17 15 Westmont (Calif.) 8-10 185
18 18 San Diego Christian (Calif.) 8-8 167
19 25 McPherson (Kan.) 15-4 164
20 20 Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 20-6 144
21 19 Asbury (Ky.) 15-2 141
22 21 Coastal Georgia 11-7 112
23 22 Indiana Wesleyan 29-11 111
24 23 Point (Ga.) 15-8 94
25 24 Cumberlands (Ky.) 8-11 83

Others Receiving Votes: Texas A&M-Texarkana 82, Bethany (Kan.) 44; Loyola (La.) 40; Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 30; Missouri Valley 25; St. Francis (Ill.) 11; Aquinas (Mich.) 10; Bluefield (Va.) 7; Hastings (Neb.) 7; Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 6

Championship Information

NAIA Men's Tennis Championships
Sports Rules - Tennis (M)