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.)
• 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).
• 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|
|4||4||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||6-1||338|
|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|
|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|
|19||17||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||3-5||158|
|23||21||St. Thomas (Fla.)||4-6||118|
|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.