By Colbi Howser, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Georgia Gwinnett finishes out the season with a national championship and a No. 1 ranking in the postseason edition of the NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday.
Top 25 Highlights
• National champions Georgia Gwinnett control the postseason Top 25, earning all 12 first-place votes and 312 total points.
• The Grizzlies took home the red banner after outwitting the Blue Raiders of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 5-4 in the championship match of the 2016 NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship.
• This is the second title for Georgia Gwinnet in just three years as a program.
• Lindsey Wilson finds itself at the No. 2 position after working its way through the bracket with noticeable wins over No. 6 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), (5-1) in quarterfinals and No. 3 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), (5-4) in semifinals.
• The Blue Raiders finish off their season 21-5 and take home the team’s first-ever runner-up trophy.
• No. 16 Mobile (Ala.) had the most significant jump in the poll, moving up seven spots after a first-round win against No. 18 Arizona Christian, (6-0) at the national championship.
• No. 7 William Woods (Mo.) moved up three spots in the Top 25 after an impressive showing at the national championship. The all freshmen team sent home Asbury (Ky.) in the first-round and upset No. 9 Westmont (Calif.), 5-3 in the second-round.
• Arizona Christian records the biggest drop in the poll, falling seven spots from No. 11.
• There are no new teams in the Top 25.
• Eight teams have not moved since the previous poll.
• Eleven conferences/Association of Independent Institutions/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by five programs from the Southern States Athletic Conference. The Sun Conference, Golden State Athletic Conference and Mid-South Conference are second with three teams mentioned each.
• Auburn Montgomery and former-member Fresco Pacific (Calif.) are the only teams to go the entire season ranked No. 1.
• Auburn Montgomery has the most No. 1 rankings in the Top 25 (80), Georgia Gwinnett is second with 15, while Brenau (Ga.) is third with 12.
• Auburn Montgomery has the most consecutive rankings in the Top 25 (126), Brenau is second with 95.
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions. For the entire 2015 NAIA Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll schedule, click here.
2016 NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Final (May 25)
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1st place votes)||WON||LOST||FINAL POINTS|
|1||1||Georgia Gwinnett (12)||18||2||312|
|2||3||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||21||5||302|
|3||2||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||21||4||292|
|4||4||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||18||2||282|
|6||6||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||19||2||260|
|7||10||William Woods (Mo.)||17||2||250|
|10||9||Middle Georgia State||15||8||223|
|12||13||William Carey (Miss.)||12||12||200|
|15||16||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||14||11||168|
|21||20||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||8||14||103|
|23||21||St. Thomas (Fla.)||8||7||96|
Dropped from the Top 25: None.
Receiving Votes: Marian (Ind.) 43, Missouri Valley31, Southeastern (Fla.) 25, Milligan (Tenn.)21, Morningside (Iowa) 19, Ottawa (Kan.) 17, Asbury (Ky.) 9, Texas Wesleyan 7, SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) 6, San Diego Christian (Calif.) 6, Southwestern (Kan.) 5, St. Francis (Ill.) 5
^ Ranking based off the NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Final (May 9)