By Travis Rae, NAIA Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the second-consecutive week Xavier (La.) sits atop the sixth regular-season edtion of the 2013 NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Gold Nuggets received 8-of-12 first-place votes for 308 points and edged Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) by three points for the top spot.
Xavier won its Unaffiliated Group Tournament featuring Appalachian Athletic Conference, Association of Independent Institutions and Gulf Coast Athletic Conference April 21 when they were victorious over then-No. 19 SCAD Atlanta (Ga.), 5-3. The Gold Nuggets claimed their ninth title in 11 years.
The Gold Nuggets won their ninth conference/independent/unaffiliated group tournament in 11 years and are back-to-back winners at this event.
Moving up one spot to No. 2 is Auburn Montgomery, who received the last four first-place votes and 305 points. The Warhawks claimed its seventh-straight Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Tournament Championship with a 5-2 victory over then-No. 2 Brenau (Ga.) on April 20.
Falling to No. 3 is Brenau with 293 points. The Sun Conference Tournament champions SCAD Savannah (Ga.) come in at No. 4 with 281 points. The Bees defeated Embry-Riddle (Fla.), 5-1, in the title match on April 21.
Rounding out the top five is No. 5 William Carey (Miss.) with 269 points. William Carey lost in the SSAC semifinals to Auburn Montgomery, 5-0, on April 19.
For the second-straight poll SCAD Atlanta makes the biggest leap, as the Bees improved four spots. SCAD Atlanta finished runner-up to Xavier in its unaffiliated group tournament and finished the season 7-3.
Joining the Top 25 this week is No. 23 Davenport (Mich.). The Panthers defeated then-No. 24 Ashford (Iowa), 5-1, to claim the Unaffiliated Group featuring Association of Independent Institutions, Midwest Collegiate Conference and Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference teams, on April 27. The Panthers are on a five-match winning streak and will be making its first appearance at the National Championship May 14-18.
Falling from the Top 25 is Ashford (No. 24).
Nine of the 13 conferences/independents/unaffiliated groupings are represented in the poll with the SSAC and The Sun Conference with five teams each. A trio of conferences/independents/unaffiliated groupings follow with three apiece.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groupings. The final regular-season poll will be announced on May 6.
Notes: (All information as of the 2000 season) Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) has been ranked No. 1 a total of 69 times., the most all-time… Brenau (Ga.) is next closest with 11 No. 1 rankings, followed by former-NAIA member Fresno Pacific (Calif.) with eight, former-NAIA member Shorter (Ga.) with three and Northwood (Fla.) and Xavier (La.) with two … Auburn Montgomery topped each poll from Feb. 11, 2004, to May 1, 2010, a span of 47-straight No. 1 rankings, which is an NAIA record … The next closest streak is just eight by Fresno Pacific, which garnered the top selection in all eight polls in 2011 … Northwood gained its only two No. 1 rankings in school history in 2003 when it went on to win the national championship … Auburn Montgomery has been ranked in the top five since, Feb. 11, 2004… The last time a non-Southern States Athletic Conference School was No. 1, was when former-NAIA member Fresno Pacific (Calif.) claimed the No. 1 ranking during the entire 2011 season.
2013 Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 – No. 6
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Xavier (La.) (8)||17-7||308|
|2||3||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (4)||13-8||305|
|4||4||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||12-2||281|
|5||5||William Carey (Miss.)||11-8||269|
|6||6||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||17-2||259|
|7||7||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||11-8||257|
|14||14||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||16-6||182|
|15||19||SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)||7-3||162|
|21||18||St. Thomas (Fla.)||6-9||110|
Others receiving votes: Ashford (Iowa) 57; Nebraska Wesleyan 36; Bethel (Kan.) 29; Northwestern Ohio 21; Robert Morris (Ill.) 19; Belhaven (Miss.) 16; Evangel (Mo.) 15; Cumberlands (Ky.) 13; Hope International (Calif.) 5; Graceland (Iowa) 3; Georgetown (Ky.) 3.