By Nikki Sherrill, Athletics Communications and Media InternKANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the 12th-straight installment of the NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the Grizzlies from Georgia Gwinnett boast the No. 1 ranking. Behind a perfect undefeated record and second-straight national championship, the Grizzlies captured all possible first-place votes alongside 374 total points to seal another week in the top spot and end the season with all No. 1 rankings.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dating back to 2000):
• With an undefeated record at the conclusion the season and a third national title to their, the Grizzlies of Georgia earn the final No. 1 ranking during the 2017 season. The Grizzlies have gathered all first-place votes this season and earned 374 total points to remain in control of the rankings. Georgia Gwinnett defeated Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 5-3 last week to take home its third national title and second-straight.
• For the ninth-straight installment, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) remains just a step behind the Grizzlies at No. 2 in the rankings. The 2016 and 2017 national runner-up earned a 22-5 overall record at the end of the season.
• The rest of the top five includes No. 3 William Woods (Mo.), No. 4 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) and No. 5 Keiser (Fla.).
• There are no new programs to the Top 25 this installment.
• Seven programs saw positive movement this edition, led by No. 3 William Woods who jumped nine places. The Owls ended the season as a national semifinalist.
• 11 programs saw their previous ranking falter slightly while still remaining in the Top 25 to end the season.
• Six teams remained without movement from the previous installment.
• Twelve conferences/Association of Independent Institutions/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by four programs from the Mid-South Conference.
• Georgia Gwinnett (2017) and former NAIA members Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) and Fresco Pacific (Calif.) are the only teams to go the entire season ranked No. 1.
• Auburn Montgomery has the most all-time No. 1 rankings (80), followed by Georgia Gwinnett with 21, while Brenau is third with 12.
• Brenau also previously held the record for most consecutive appearances in the Top 25 Poll with 99, which ended last edition as they fell out of the rankings.
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team's ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.
2017 NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll – Final (May 7)
|Rank||Last Week||School (1st Place Votes)||Record||Final Points|
|1||1||Georgia Gwinnett (14)||26-0||374|
|2||2||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||22-5||362|
|3||12||William Woods (Mo.)||14-10||346|
|4||3||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||13-3||337|
|6||6||William Carey (Miss.)||18-4||312|
|8||5||San Diego Christian (Calif.)||14-4||287|
|12||13||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||16-6||237|
|15||20||SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)||13-7||211|
|17||16||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||8-14||175|
|19||19||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||10-12||156|
|20||17||Middle Georgia State||13-8||140|
|25||24||St. Thomas (Fla.)||4-10||74|
Dropped from the Top 25: None.
Reinhardt (Ga.) 48; Coastal Georgia 37; Cumberland (Tenn.) 36; Marian (Ind.) 35; Asbury (Ky.) 35; Hastings (Neb.) 25; Missouri Valley 17; Southwestern (Kan.) 17; Brenau (Ga.) 13; Southeastern (Fla.) 6
^ Ranking based off the NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll – Final