KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the fourth-straight edition, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) sits atop the NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Warhawks received all 13 first-place votes and 343 total points to earn their fourth-straight consensus No. 1 ranking. This season, Auburn Montgomery is looking to win its fourth-straight national championship, and 15th all-time.
The Warhawks, who have been ranked among the top five in 83-straight polls dating back to April 2, 2003, are 6-2 this season, including a perfect 6-0 record against NAIA competition. Auburn Montgomery’s two losses have come against NCAA Division II then-No. 7 West Florida (7-2) and NCAA Division I Tennessee-Martin (5-4). On Feb. 28, the Warhawks earned their signature victory of the young season, sweeping then-No. 13 William Carey (Miss.) (9-0). Auburn Montgomery also owns a win over then-No. 19 Coastal Georgia (8-1), on Feb. 21.
Georgia Gwinnett, holds the No. 2 position with 332 points. In just their second season of intercollegiate competition, the Grizzlies are 7-1, including wins over then-No. 2 William Carey (9-0) on Feb. 15 and then-No. 3 Xavier (La.) (5-2) on Feb. 16. In its last match on Feb. 25, Georgia Gwinnett suffered its first loss of the season to NCAA Division III then-No. 2 Emory (Ga.) (7-2).
Despite starting the season 0-3, Lindsey Wilson accrued 314 points to retain the No. 3 ranking. All three of the Blue Raiders’ losses have been against NCAA Division I opponents: Murray State (Ky.) (6-1), Eastern Kentucky (5-2) and Austin Peay (Tenn.) (4-3). Lindsey Wilson will face its first NAIA opponent when it travels to Georgetown (Ky.) on March 7.
SCAD Savannah also accumulated 314 points to earn a share of the No. 3 spot. The Bees lost their season opener to NCAA Division I South Carolina State (6-1) on Feb. 16, but rebounded with a sweep of Webber International (Fla.) (9-0) on March 1, moving to 1-1 on the year.
Xavier (La.) rounds out the top five with 297 points. The Gold Nuggets are 4-4 on the season, having lost to NCAA Division I Tulane (La.) (4-0), Louisiana-Lafayette (4-1) and McNeese State (La.) (6-1), as well as their aforementioned loss to Georgia Gwinnett.
No. 20 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) and No. 22 Northwestern Ohio were the newcomers to the Top 25. This is the first Top 25 mention for both programs, dating back to 2000.
Southeastern (Fla.) (No. 23) and Bethel (Kan.) (No. 25) fell out of the Top 25.
Within the poll, No. 14 Coastal Georgia moved up a poll-high five positions, while Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) fell seven spots, landing at No. 24.
Ten of the 13 conferences and unaffiliated groupings are represented in the second regular-season poll, led by four teams from the Southern States Athletic Conference.
The third regular-season Top 25 poll will be released on March 18.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and unaffiliated groupings. For the entire 2014 Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll schedule, click here.
Notes: (All information as of the 2000 season) Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) leads all NAIA programs with 72 all-time No. 1 rankings… The Warhawks are followed by Brenau (Ga.) with 12, former-member Fresno Pacific (Calif.) with eight, and former-member Shorter (Ga.) and Xavier (La.) with three… Auburn Montgomery topped each poll from Feb. 11, 2004, to May 1, 2010, a span of 47-straight No. 1 rankings, an NAIA record… The next closest streak is just eight by Fresno Pacific, which garnered the top selection in all eight polls in 2011… Auburn Montgomery has been ranked in the top five since April 2, 2003… Four teams held the No. 1 ranking in 2013: Auburn Montgomery, Brenau, William Carey (Miss.) and Xavier.
2014 NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 2 (March 4)
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (13)||343|
|T3||3||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||314|
|T3||5||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||314|
|10||T10||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||243|
|T14||15||SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)||194|
|17||13||William Carey (Miss.)||155|
|20||RV||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||137|
|24||17||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||91|
Others Receiving Votes: Warner (Fla.) 66; Graceland (Iowa) 61; Bethel (Kan.) 57; Southeastern (Fla.) 38; Belhaven (Miss.) 16; Cumberlands (Ky.) 9; Evangel (Mo.) 7; McPherson (Kan.) 5; Ashford (Iowa) 3.