By Travis Rae, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the fourth-consecutive week and seventh time this season, Embry-Riddle (Fla.) has claimed the No. 1 ranking in the 2013 NAIA Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Eagles received all 13 first-place votes for 343 points to secure the top spot.
Embry-Riddle won its first-ever national championship on May 18 when they defeated No. 2 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), 5-4. The Eagles ended the season winning 18-straight matches, dating back to March 5.
National runner-up Auburn Montgomery comes in second with 332 points. Coming in at No. 3 is Vanguard (Calif.) with 321 points. Westmont (Calif.) comes in at No. 4 with 310 points. Rounding out the top five is No 5 Xavier (La.) with 294.
No. 8 Aquinas (Mich.) and No. 14 Graceland (Iowa) made the biggest leap in the poll this week, improving four positions. Aquinas advanced to the quarterfinals of the national championship. The Saints defeated Asbury (Ky.), 9-0, and five-seed Bethany (Kan.) in the national championship. Graceland advanced to the second round of the national championship after defeating Northwood (Fla.). The Yellowjackets were eliminated in the second round by national runner-up Auburn Montgomery.
No teams joined the poll or fell out of the poll this week.
Ten of the 13 conferences/independents/unaffiliated groupings are represented throughout the Top 25, led by The Sun Conference and Mid-South Conference with four teams apiece. A trio of conferences follow with three teams each.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groupings.
Notes: (All information as of the 2000 season) Embry-Riddle (Fla.) has claimed the No. 1 ranking seven times… Auburn Montgomery’s 28 top mentions are the most all-time, followed by former-NAIA members Azusa Pacific (Calif.) and Fresno Pacific (Calif.), who each have 23 … Oklahoma City has appeared at No. 1 a total of 13 times…SCAD Savannah (Ga.) has topped the poll twice … Fresno Pacific became the sixth preseason top selection to go on to win the national title in 2011 … Auburn Montgomery was the last to accomplish the feat prior to Fresno Pacific, as the Warhawks did so in 2008.
2013 Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Postseason Top 25
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (13)||24-2||343|
|2||2||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||21-4||332|
|6||8||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||17-4||290|
|13||13||William Carey (Miss.)||9-6||202|
|19||21||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||11-13||146|
|20||16||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||6-9||134|
|25||25||Webber International (Fla.)||10-12||75|
Others receiving votes: Indiana Wesleyan 69; Coastal Georgia 51; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 48; Grace (Ind.) 21; Asbury (Ky.) 16; Mobile (Ala.) 9; Spring Arbor (Mich.) 9; St. Francis (Ill.) 8; Doane (Neb.) 6.