2016 NAIA Women?s Tennis Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? No. 4 (March 29)
By Colbi Howser, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the fourth week in-a-row, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) remains in the top spot in the fifth regular-season edition of the NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The fifth regular-season poll will be released April 12.
Top 25 Highlights
• With 9-of-14 first place votes and 370 total points, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) stays atop the Top 25 Poll for the fourth-straight week.
• The Warhawks most recent wins include, going 6-3 against NCAA Division II Shorter (Ga.), March 23 and Young Harris (Ga.), March 28 (9-0).
• No. 2 Georgia Gwinnett received the last five first place votes, along with 366 total points.
• The Grizzlies had an impressive two weeks, with wins against NCAA Division II Clayton State (Ga.) on March 18 (9-0) and NCAA Division III No. 1 Williams (Mass.) on March 26 (5-2).
• No. 20 St. Thomas (Fla.) makes the most significant improvement in the poll after receiving votes in the last poll.
• The top five has not changed since the second poll on Feb. 16.
• No. 10 Arizona Christian fell three spots after losses against then-No. 10 Westmont (Calif.), March 19 and NCAA Division II Azusa Pacific (Calif.), March 21.
• Southeastern (Fla.) and Ottawa (Kan.) fall out of the Top 25 Poll in this installment.
• Twelve conferences/Association of Independent Institutions/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by five programs from the Southern States Athletic Conference. The Sun Conference and Golden State Athletic Conference are second with three teams mentioned each.
• Auburn Montgomery and former-member Fresco Pacific (Calif.) are the only teams to go the entire season ranked No. 1.
• Auburn Montgomery has the most No. 1 rakings in the Top 25 (78), Georgia Gwinnett and Brenau (Ga.) are second with 12 each.
• 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 Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll schedule, click here.
2016 NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 4 (March 29)
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1st place votes)||WON||LOST||FINAL POINTS|
|1||1||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (9)||10||3||370|
|2||2||Georgia Gwinnett (5)||9||1||366|
|3||3||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||7||4||346|
|4||4||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||11||1||338|
|5||5||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||4||1||326|
|7||8||Middle Georgia State||10||4||294|
|13||13||William Carey (Miss.)||8||8||229|
|17||15||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||1||3||187|
|18||19||William Woods (Mo.)||8||1||167|
|19||18||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||4||11||158|
|20||NR||St. Thomas (Fla.)||8||6||130|
|23||22||SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)||6||3||110|
Dropped from the Top 25: Southeastern (Fla.) and Ottawa (Kan.)
Receiving Votes: Southeastern (Fla.) 79, Ottawa (Kan.) 66, Campbellsville (Ky.) 36, Reinhardt (Ga.) 36, Georgetown (Ky.) 14, San Diego Christian (Calif.) 14, Southwestern (Kan.) 8, Huntington (Ind.) 6, Dalton State (Ga.) 5, Milligan (Tenn.) 5, St. Francis (Ill.) 3, Asbury (Ky.) 3, Texas Wesleyan 3
^ Ranking based off the NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 3 (March 15)