2015 NAIA Women?s Tennis Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Final (May 4)
By Mike DeVader, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – By gathering 373 points and 12-of-14 first-place votes, the Grizzlies of Georgia Gwinnett are once again the top-squad in the final regular-season edition of the 2015 NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. It is the 12th time in program history that the Grizzlies find themselves atop the rating.
The national qualifiers for the 2015 Men’s and Women’s Tennis National Championships on May 12-16 in Mobile, Ala., will be unveiled at 5 p.m. CDT today.
Today’s poll also marks Georgia Gwinnett’s ninth-straight No. 1 ranking, dating back to the Postseason Poll on May 21, 2014. Georgia Gwinnett is now second all-time in consecutive No. 1s behind Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (47 in-a-row).
Most recently, the Grizzlies (8-6) took down then-No. 3 Brenau (Ga.), 6-3, on April 24 to wrap up the 2014-15 regular-season. Laura Wehner and Valeria Podda beat Fatyha Berjane and Patricia Recalde Pacua of Brenau, 8-2. Georgia Gwinnett’s Chiara Di Salvo and Helga Pinones-Haltenhoff recorded an 8-1 win over Nathalia Bolivar and Kelley Cohron.
In singles competition, Podda beat Berjane, 6-3, 7-5, and Pinones-Haltenhoff and Victoria Svensson also took home singles victories.
The rest of the top five remains the same from the April 28 poll, as No. 2 Auburn Montgomery (19-4) is second with 363 points and captured the final two first-place votes. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (15-7; 349 points) is third, followed by No 4. SCAD Savannah (Ga.) (12-4; 338 points) and fifth-ranked Xavier (La.) (15-9; 327 points).
Movement was quiet in today’s ranking, as a total of four teams moved slots from the April 28 release. No. 11 Arizona Christian was the first positive change of the day, moving from No. 12 (tie). Seventeenth-ranked Westmont (Calif.) had a poll-high three position swap, moving from No. 20.
No. 20 Vanguard (Calif.) fell from No. 17.
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.
Notes: (All information as of the 2000 season) Defending champion Georgia Gwinnett earned its 12th 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 current No. 1 Georgia Gwinnett and 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 nine by Georgia Gwinnett (currently ongoing), followed by 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 – Final (May 4)
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2014-15 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Georgia Gwinnett (12)||8-6||373|
|2||2||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (2)||19-4||363|
|3||3||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||15-7||349|
|4||4||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||12-4||338|
|7||7||William Carey (Miss.)||12-7||305|
|10||10||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||21-2||265|
|15||15||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||7-12||212|
|23||23||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||16-7||114|
Others Receiving Votes Indiana Wesleyan 67; Aquinas (Mich.) 41; St. Thomas (Fla.) 37; McPherson (Kan.) 24; Missouri Valley 23; Campbellsville (Ky.) 19; Marian (Ind.) 14; SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) 9; Reinhardt (Ga.) 3.
^ 2015 NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (April 28)