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2018 NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll POSTSEASON (May 23)

By Jed Flemming, Athletic Communications and Media Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Georgia Gwinnett Grizzlies captured all 14 first-place votes and their third-consecutive national championship en route to the No. 1 ranking in the postseason edition of the 2018 NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced Wednesday by the national office.

Top 25 Highlights (dating back to 2000)

• The Grizzlies defeated then-No. 1 Keiser (Fla.) on May 19 to earn their fourth red banner in five years.
• Georgia Gwinnett earned all 374 points and finished with the least amount of losses in the Top 25 with just two.
• No. 11 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) and No. 4 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) are tied for the longest active streak in the Top 25 Poll with 111-straight appearances.
• Former member Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) holds the most No. 1 rankings with 80. Georgia Gwinnett follows with 29.
• 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).
• There are no newcomers in the Top 25 this week.

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 Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – POSTSEASON (May 23, 2018)

RANK WEEK SCHOOL [1st Place Votes} Record FINAL POINTS
1 2 Georgia Gwinnett [14] 18-2 374
2 1 Keiser (Fla.) 23-3 362
3 3 Xavier (La.) 19-8 350
4 4 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 14-3 338
5 6 Brenau (Ga.) 16-8 326
6 7 William Woods (Mo.) 18-7 310
7 8 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 15-7 298
8 12 LSU Alexandria (La.) 12-7 297
9 5 William Carey (Miss.) 11-6 272
10 10 University of Northwestern Ohio 15-5 261
11 11 Indiana Wesleyan 34-6 248
11 9 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 13-5 248
13 14 Middle Georgia State 12-7 229
13 13 San Diego Christian (Calif.) 12-7 229
15 15 Westmont (Calif.) 10-12 203
16 16 SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) 12-7 199
17 18 Union (Ky.) 15-6 175
18 19 Cumberlands (Ky.) 10-11 170
19 17 Arizona Christian 10-12 154
20 22 Cumberland (Tenn.) 13-11 150
21 24 Mobile (Ala.) 11-7 133
22 20 Campbellsville (Ky.) 14-9 120
23 23 Reinhardt (Ga.) 12-7 103
24 21 Loyola (La.) 12-7 100
25 25 Marian (Ind.) 17-4 75

Others Receiving Votes: Southwestern (Kan.) 55; Asbury (Ky.) 45; Georgetown (Ky.) 36; Hastings (Neb.) 32; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 22; Missouri Baptist 19; St. Thomas (Fla.) 14; Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 14; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 13; Tennessee Wesleyan 9; Huntington (Ind.) 3

Championship Information

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