By Travis Rae, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the second-straight week, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) has claimed the No. 1 ranking in the 2013 NAIA Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Warhawks collected 6-of-12 first-place votes and tallied 306 points for the top ranking.
Auburn Montgomery is 12-3 this season and currently on a three-match winning streak. In the latest victory for the Warhawks, they defeated Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) opponent then-No. 21 Coastal Georgia, 8-1, on March 29. Auburn Montgomery returns to action Wednesday against NCAA Division III Emory (Ga.).
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) received four first-places votes and notched 302 points to hold steady at No. 2. Collecting the last two first-place votes and coming in at No. 3 is Vanguard (Calif.) with 298 points. The Lions are currently on a 17 match winning-streak. Coming in at Nos. 4-5 are Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Westmont (Calif.) with 279 and 272 points, respectively.
Northwestern Ohio makes the biggest jump this week, improving four spots from No. 22 to No. 18. The Racers defeated Warner (Fla.), 5-4, on March 27, and were victorious over Webber International (Fla.), 6-3, a day later. The Racers return to the court Wednesday to face Indiana Tech.
Joining the Top 25 this week is No. 20 Webber International, No. 22 Warner, No. 23 Graceland (Iowa) and No. 24 Davenport (Mich.). Over its last six matches, Webber International is 4-2 with its last win coming March 25 against NCAA Division III Saint John’s (Minn.), 8-1. Warner joins after compiling a 4-1 record in its last five matches. During this time, the Royals only loss came to Northwestern Ohio.
Graceland rejoins the poll for the first time since March 5 and is 7-1 since March 15. During this stretch, the only loss for the Yellowjackets came against then-No. 16 Oklahoma Baptist, 5-4, on March 29. The next day, Graceland was back in the win column with a 9-0, victory over NCAA Division II Newman (Kan.). Davenport joins the Top 25 for the first time this season and in its last three matches, are 2-1, with victories over Indiana Wesleyan, 7-2, and Ashford (Iowa), 8-1.
Falling out of the Top 25 is Pikeville (Ky.) (No. 20), Coastal Georgia (No. 21), St. Thomas (Fla.) (No. 24) and Martin Methodist (Tenn.) (No. 25.).
Eleven of the 13 conferences/independents/unaffiliated groupings are represented throughout the Top 25, led by The Sun Conference with four teams. A quartet of conferences follow with three teams each.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groupings. The fifth regular-season poll will be announced on April 16.
Notes: (All information as of the 2000 season) Auburn Montgomery’s (Ala.) 28 top mentions are the most all-time, followed by former-NAIA members Azusa Pacific (Calif.) and Fresno Pacific (Calif.), who each have 23 … Oklahoma City has appeared at No. 1 a total of 13 times, while SCAD Savannah (Ga.) has topped the poll twice … Fresno Pacific became the sixth preseason top selection to go on to win the national title in 2011 … Auburn Montgomery was the last to accomplish the feat prior to Fresno Pacific, as the Warhawks did so in 2008 … Warner (Fla.) and Webber International (Fla.) return to the Coaches’ Poll for the first time since the first-regular season poll.
2013 Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 – No. 4
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||2||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (6)||12-3||306|
|2||2||Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (4)||14-2||302|
|3||3||Vanguard (Calif.) (2)||17-0||298|
|4||4||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||6-2||279|
|6||6||William Carey (Miss.)||7-2||262|
|12||12||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||5-1||203|
|20||RV||Webber International (Fla.)||10-7||127|
|21||18||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||3-8||119|
|25||23||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||15-4||77|
Others receiving votes: St. Thomas (Fla.) 54; Pikeville (Ky.) 53; Indiana Wesleyan 39; Coastal Georgia 31; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 31; Cumberlands (Ky.) 10; Hope International (Calif.) 5; Asbury (Ky.) 3.