2015 NAIA Women?s Tennis Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? April 14
By Mike DeVader, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In the fifth regular-season edition of the 2015 NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the Grizzlies of Georgia Gwinnett are the No. 1 squad, the national office announced Tuesday. The top-team gathered up 12-of-14 first-place votes and 373 points en route to the 10th No. 1 ranking in program history.
Georgia Gwinnett (7-6) has come up just short in some stiff competition as of late, going 1-2 in its last three matches. The Grizzlies were swept 5-0 by NCAA Division II Hawaii-Pacific on April 3, and also dropped a decision to NCAA Division II West Florida, 6-3. Sandwiched in between those defeats was a 5-0 blanking of NCAA Division II Valdosta State (Ga.). All three matches were in Pensacola, Fla.
Georgia Gwinnett looks to bounce back against No. Cumberland (Tenn.) today at the GGC Tennis Facility.
No. 2 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (15-4) remained in second after garnering 363 points and the final two first-place votes. Jumping up two slots from fifth to No. 3 is Brenau (Ga.) (11-3) with 339 points. The rest of the top five has Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (13-7) standing pat at No. 4 with 337 points, while SCAD Savannah (Ga.) (10-4) sneaks into the top five from No. 6 after garnering 330 points.
The 2014 national runner-up Embry-Riddle (Fla.) dropped from No. 3 out of the top five to sixth.
Outside of the top 10, Evangel (Mo.) skyrocketed from No. 24 to No. 13 this week, the most of any institution. Davenport (Mich.) fell six spots from No. 15 to No. 21.
No new team entered this week’s Top 25.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions. For the entire 2015 NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll schedule, click here.
The sixth regular-season edition of the Top 25 Poll will be released April 28.
Notes: (All information as of the 2000 season) After winning its first-ever national championship in 2014, Georgia Gwinnett earned its 10th all-time No. 1 ranking this week … No. 2 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) leads all NAIA programs with 72 all-time No. 1 rankings… The Warhawks are followed by Brenau (Ga.) with 12, former-member Fresno Pacific (Calif.) with eight and Xavier (La.) with five… Auburn Montgomery topped each poll from Feb. 11, 2004, to May 1, 2010, a span of 47-straight No. 1 rankings, an NAIA record… The next closest streak is just eight by Fresno Pacific, which garnered the top selection in all eight polls in 2011… Auburn Montgomery has been ranked among the top five since April 2, 2003… Three teams held the No. 1 ranking in 2014: Auburn Montgomery, Georgia Gwinnett and Xavier.
2015 NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (April 14)
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2014-15 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Georgia Gwinnett (12)||7-6||373|
|2||2||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (2)||15-4||363|
|4||4||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||13-7||337|
|5||6||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||10-4||330|
|12||12||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||16-2||244|
|16||21||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||6-12||195|
|18||16||William Carey (Miss.)||10-6||169|
|22||20||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||12-6||142|
Others Receiving Votes: Aquinas (Mich.) 44; Campbellsville (Ky.) 34; Reinhardt (Ga.) 31; McPherson (Kan.) 24; Missouri Valley 22; Marian (Ind.) 19; Dalton State (Ga.) 17; St. Thomas (Fla.) 16; LSU Alexandria 12; Cumberlands (Ky.) 5; Southwestern (Kan.) 3.
^ 2015 NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (March 31)