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2018 NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll — No. 3

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three-time national champion Georgia Gwinnett once again claims the No. 1 ranking in the 2018 NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office.

Top 25 Highlights (dating back to 2000)
• Georgia Gwinnett, which garnered 14 first-place votes and 374 total points this edition, has now held the top spot in 16-straight polls. The Grizzlies were last not ranked No. 1 on April 12, 2016.
• Georgia Gwinnett enters the week with a 9-1 record, including six wins against teams that were ranked at that time. The Grizzlies lone loss came against then-NCAA Division II No. 1 Lynn (Fla.), 5-3, on March 10.
• No. 5 Xavier (La.) is the only newcomer to the top five. The Gold Nuggets have won six-straight matches en route to a 9-7 record. Xavier hosts No. 14 SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) on Sunday.
• Three newcomers joined the Top 25 – No. 15 Westmont (Calif.), No. 22 Union (Ky.) and No. 24 Reinhardt (Ga.).
• No. 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and No. 4 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) are tied for the longest active streak in the Top 25 Poll with 106-straight appearances.
• Former member Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) holds the most No. 1 rankings with 80. Georgia Gwinnett follows with 28.
• There are only three teams that have been able to hold the No. 1 ranking for an entire season: former member Auburn Montgomery (2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004), former member Fresno Pacific (Calif.) (2011) and Georgia Gwinnett (2017).

Poll Methodology
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups.
• 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 rating) 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 appear on.
• Teams that receive only one point on the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• The frequency of polls occurs bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) for the 2017-18 academic season. This change will allow raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work in between rating periods.
• For the complete rating calendar, CLICK HERE.

2018 NAIA Women’s Tennis Top 25 Poll – No. 3 (March 13, 2018)

RANK PRVS SCHOOL (1st-Place Votes) Record Total Points
1 1 Georgia Gwinnett (14) 9-1 374
2 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 2-1 357
3 3 Keiser (Fla.) 13-1 355
4 4 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 6-1 338
5 10 Xavier (La.) 9-7 320
6 6 William Carey (Miss.) 6-1 313
7 7 University of Northwestern Ohio 4-2 302
8 9 William Woods (Mo.) 6-3 280
9 5 Indiana Wesleyan 23-1 276
10 12 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 1-1 270
11 11 LSU Alexandria (La.) 4-1 260
12 8 San Diego Christian (Calif.) 4-4 252
13 14 Middle Georgia State 6-4 222
14 15 SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) 3-3 211
15 RV Westmont (Calif.) 4-5 210
16 18 Brenau (Ga.) 3-5 186
17 16 Campbellsville (Ky.) 8-0 182
18 13 Arizona Christian 7-4 172
19 17 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 3-5 158
20 19 Cumberland (Tenn.) 5-6 131
21 20 Mobile (Ala.) 5-4 127
22 RV Union (Ky.) 5-2 123
23 21 St. Thomas (Fla.) 4-6 118
24 RV Reinhardt (Ga.) 6-1 109
25 23 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 1-3 75


Others receiving votes: Georgetown (Ky.) 54; Tennessee Wesleyan 49; Coastal Georgia 48; Huntington (Ind.) 39; Southwestern (Kan.) 23; Marian (Ind.) 16; Loyola (La.) 13; Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 12; Cumberlands (Ky.) 4; Point (Ga.) 3; Asbury (Ky.) 3.

Championship Information

NAIA Women's Tennis Championship
Sports Rules - Tennis (W)