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2019 NAIA Men's Tennis Preseason Coaches' Top 25 Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – To the surprise of no one, Georgia Gwinnett begins the 2019 campaign atop the NAIA Men’s Tennis Preseason Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Grizzlies, winners of five-consecutive national titles, received all 14 first-place votes.

 

Top 25 Highlights

  • Georgia Gwinnett is atop the poll for the 38th-straight time and are coming off a perfect 2018 season in which the team went 27-0.
  • The Grizzlies are in the midst of an 82-match winning streak, which remains the longest active winning streak in all levels of college sports.
  • The preseason poll looks almost identical to the final poll of the 2018 season, with the top 13 teams in that poll maintaining the same ranking in this poll.
  • New to the poll – compared to the final poll of 2018 – is Marian (Ind.) at No. 23.
  • No. 3 Xavier (La.) extends the longest consecutively-active streak in the poll with 96 straight appearances. Westmont, ranked 17th to start the season, is second with 82 straight polls.

 

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 in 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 ratings calendar,
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2019 NAIA Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll

RANK 2018 FINAL SCHOOL [1ST-PLACE VOTES] 2018 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Georgia Gwinnett [14] 27-0 374
2 2 Keiser (Fla.) 18-7 362
3 3 Xavier (La.) 13-12 350
4 4 William Carey (Miss.) 13-4 334
5 5 Reinhardt (Ga.) 18-4 323
6 6 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 14-1 314
7 7 William Woods (Mo.) 16-7 302
8 8 Cumberland (Tenn.) 21-4 295
9 9 Campbellsville (Ky.) 20-7 274
10 10 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 16-4 270
11 11 Mobile (Ala.) 19-3 254
12 12 Arizona Christian 19-8 241
13 13 Middle Georgia State 12-8 232
14 15 Tennessee Wesleyan 12-5 216
15 14 Union (Ky.) 14-6 204
16 15 Northwestern Ohio 13-6 194
17 17 Westmont (Calif.) 8-10 180
18 18 San Diego Christian (Calif.) 8-8 164
19 19 McPherson (Kan.) 15-4 162
20 20 Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 20-6 138
21 21 Asbury (Ky.) 15-2 127
22 22 Coastal Georgia 11-7 122
23 NR Marian (Ind.) 13-1 104
24 24 Point (Ga.) 15-8 82
25 25 Cumberlands (Ky.) 8-11 73

Receiving Votes: Indiana Wesleyan 71, Texas A&M-Texarkana 49, Loyola (La.) 27, Ottawa (Kan.) 26, Missouri Valley 24, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 17, St. Thomas (Fla.) 10, St. Francis (Ill.) 7, Midland (Neb.) 6, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 5, Georgetown (Ky.) 4, Hastings (Neb.) 3, Southwestern (Kan.) 3

 

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