KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) sits atop the rankings in the 2013 NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Preseason Top 25 poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Warhawks received all 12 first-place votes for 312 points to secure the top spot.
The Warhawks are the defending national champions and return first team All-Americans Tiffany William and Jade Curtis, along with second team All-American Morgane Zowczak this season. William is currently rated as the No. 1 NAIA singles player by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), while Curtis and Zowczak team up to be the third rated doubles team.
The national runner-up, Embry-Riddle (Fla.) comes in at No. 2 with 302 points. The Eagles will look to replace first team All-Americans Yi Ching Chen and Rocio Frej Vitalle. Brenau (Ga.) comes in at No. 3 notching 292 points. The Tigers are led by junior Dominika Jasova, who is ranked as the fourth-best singles player in the NAIA by ITA. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Concordia (Calif.) come in at Nos. 4 and 5 with 276 and 275 points, respectfully.
No. 8 Westmont (Calif.) makes the biggest jump from last year's postseason poll, moving up 10 positions. Leading the Warriors are Nicci Yvanovich and Tara Yekrang, who are the ninth rated NAIA doubles team by the ITA.
A total of four teams are new to the poll after going unranked in the final rating: No. 14 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), No. 20 Bethel (Kan.), No. 22 Cumberland (Tenn.) and No. 23 Belhaven (Miss.).
Twelve of the 13 conferences/independents/unaffiliated groupings are represented in the poll with the Southern States Athletic Conference leading all leagues with five Top 25 members: Auburn Montgomery, Brenau, No. 6 William Carey (Miss.), No. 15 Lee (Tenn.) and No. 23 Belhaven (Miss.).
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groupings. The first regular-season poll will be announced on Feb. 19.
Notes: (All information as of the 2000 season) Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) pushed its NAIA-leading all-time No. 1 appearances to 68 ... Brenau (Ga.) is next closest with 10 No. 1 rankings, followed by former-NAIA member Fresno Pacific (Calif.) with eight, former- NAIA member Shorter (Ga.) with three and Northwood (Fla.) with two ... Auburn Montgomery topped each poll from Feb. 11, 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 has been ranked in the top five since, Feb. 11, 2004.
2013 Women's Tennis Coaches' Preseason Top 25
|RANK||LAST^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (12)||26-2||312|
|4||8||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||17-4||276|
|6||9||William Carey (Miss.)||15-10||264|
|7||14||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||8-15||243|
|9||13||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||9-4||233|
|14||RV||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||12-8-1||179|
|16||21||Robert Morris (Ill.)||19-3||168|
|17||23||St. Thomas (Fla.)||5-4||151|
|21||22||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||11-4||106|
Others receiving votes: Webber International (Fla.) 61; Georgetown (Ky.) 59; Milligan (Tenn.) 56; Northwestern Ohio 36; Graceland (Iowa) 30; SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) 17; Indiana Southeast 15; Hope International (Calif.) 11; Cumberlands (Ky.) 6; Missouri Valley 4.
^ Ranking from 2012 Postseason Coaches Poll