April 17, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) has claimed the No. 1 ranking for the sixth-consecutive poll and is appearing as a unanimous top choice for the third-straight time in the NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Warhawks, who garnered all 13 first-place votes for 343 total points, improved to 4-0 in the month of April by scorching a pair of Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) rivals over the weekend. Powered by SSAC Player of the Week Ana Veselinovic, Auburn Montgomery breezed by then-No. 11 Shorter (Ga.), 9-0, on April 14 and No. 9 William Carey (Miss.), 8-1, on Sunday.
No changes occurred throughout the rest of the top 10 and Nos. 1 through 5 remained the same for the fourth week in a row. No. 2 Fresno Pacific (Calif.), which earned 332 points in the poll, improved its all-time mark in Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) play to a staggering 100-0 with a victory over Azusa Pacific (Calif.) on April 12. Third-ranked Embry-Riddle (Fla.) picked up 321 points after concluding its regular season with a 5-2 triumph over NCAA Division II 15th-ranked St. Leo (Fla.) on April 14. No. 4 Oklahoma Christian and No. 5 Azusa Pacific again fill the final two spots in the top five with 310 and 299 points, respectively.
Azusa Pacific nearly put an end to Fresno Pacific’s incredible run of GSAC dominance. With the score tied at 4-4, the Sunbird’s Marie Boura, rated the No. 8 singles player in the NAIA by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, dropped the first set, 6-3, of her match with 26th-ranked Leah Hoffee at No. 2 doubles. But Boura rallied to take the next two sets, 6-3, 6-3, to push Fresno Pacific to 100-0 all-time in the GSAC since the program began in 2006.
Shorter’s modest advancement of two positions to No. 11 marks the largest jump this week. Prior to the Hawks suffering the 9-0 defeat to top-ranked Auburn Montgomery, they had five of six and are now 20-8 overall. No. 17 Martin Methodist (Tenn.), No. 20 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 21 Robert Morris (Ill.) each moved up one spot.
Eighteen of the Top 25 squads retained their exact rankings from the April 3 poll and not a single team dropped out of the rankings. Meanwhile, No. 13 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) and No. 22 St. Thomas (Fla.) tied for the largest fall, as both moved back two spots.
Nine of the 13 conferences/independents/unaffiliated groupings are represented in the poll with the Golden State Athletic Conference leading all leagues with six Top 25 members: Fresno Pacific, Azusa Pacific, No. 6 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.), No. 8 Concordia (Calif.), No. 15 Vanguard (Calif.) and Westmont.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groupings. The next poll will be released on May 1.
Notes: (All information as of the 2000 season) Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) pushed its NAIA-leading all-time No. 1 appearances to 63 … Brenau (Ga.) is next closest with 10 No. 1 rankings, followed by Fresno Pacific (Calif.) with eight, Shorter (Ga.) with three and Northwood (Fla.) with two … Auburn Montgomery topped each poll from May 5, 2004, to May 1, 2010, a span of 47-straight No. 1 rankings, which is an NAIA record … The next closest streak is just eight by Fresno Pacific, which garnered the top selection in all eight polls in 2011 … Northwood gained its only two No. 1 rankings in school history in 2003 when it went on to win the national championship … Auburn Montgomery won the next six national titles until Fresno Pacific ended that run in 2010 with a championship of its own … Auburn Montgomery, Fresno Pacific, Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and Oklahoma Christian have rated 1 through 4 in all six polls this season.
|RANK||PVS||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (13)||19-2||343|
|2||2||Fresno Pacific (Calif.)||18-4||332|
|5||5||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||15-3||299|
|6||6||Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)||13-6||286|
|9||9||William Carey (Miss.)||13-8||255|
|10||10||Southern Nazarene (Okla.)||7-4||243|
|12||12||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||13-3||227|
|13||11||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||9-3||210|
|14||14||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||7-12||199|
|17||18||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||8-3||165|
|21||22||Robert Morris (Ill.)||14-2||126|
|22||20||St. Thomas (Fla.)||5-4||123|
Others receiving votes: Xavier (La.) 61; Webber International (Fla.) 40; Belhaven (Miss.) 33; Indiana Southeast 32; Bethel (Kan.) 30; Northwestern Ohio 13; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 8; Milligan (Tenn.) 6; Nebraska Wesleyan 5; Taylor (Ind.) 3; Georgetown (Ky.) 1; Northwood (Fla.) 1.