2016 NAIA Women?s Tennis Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? No. 5 (April 12)
By Colbi Howser, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the fifth 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 sixth regular-season poll will be released April 26.
Top 25 Highlights
• With 8-of-14 first-place votes and 369 total points, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) stays atop the Top 25 Poll for the fifth-straight week.
• The Warhawks are 9-0 in the Southern States Athletic Conference and are 16-3 overall.
• Auburn Montgomery heads into conference tournament play starting April 22.
• No. 2 Georgia Gwinnett received the last six first-place votes, along with 367 total points.
• The Grizzlies most recent win came from a blanking NCAA Division II No. 15 Valdosta State (Ga.), 5-0 on April 10.
• No. 11 William Woods (Mo.) had the most significant jump in the poll this week, moving up seven spots.
• The Owls had impressive wins against Top 25 schools including, then-No. 7 Middle Georgia State (5-4) and then-No. 14 Cumberland (Tenn.) (7-2) last week.
• No. 11 Davenport (Mich.) also saw significant positive improvement, jumping five spots from last week.
• No. 17 Northwestern Ohio falls six positions from the last poll, losing to then-No. 16 Davenport 7-2 on April 10.
• The top five have not changed since the second poll on Feb. 16.
• Fourteen teams have not moved since the previous poll.
• There are no new teams in this Top 25 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 (79), 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. 5 (April 12)
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1st place votes)||WON||LOST||FINAL POINTS|
|1||1||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (8)||16||3||369|
|2||2||Georgia Gwinnett (6)||11||2||367|
|3||3||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||12||4||350|
|4||4||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||14||1||337|
|5||5||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||8||0||325|
|8||7||Middle Georgia State||13||6||285|
|11||18||William Woods (Mo.)||10||2||236|
|14||13||William Carey (Miss.)||10||10||219|
|18||17||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||3||4||179|
|19||19||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||7||13||152|
|20||20||St. Thomas (Fla.)||8||7||144|
|23||23||SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)||8||3||104|
Dropped from the Top 25: none
Receiving Votes: Georgetown (Ky.) 73, Southeastern (Fla.) 50, Ottawa (Kan.) 43, Reinhardt (Ga.) 40, San Diego Christian (Calif.) 12, Evangel (Mo.) 11, Asbury (Ky.) 10, Texas Wesleyan 8, Campbellsville (Ky.) 6, Dalton State (Ga.) 4, Morningside (Iowa) 3, Southwestern (Kan.) 3
^ Ranking based off the NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 4 (March 29)