Gold Rush do the two-step again in NAIA coaches poll

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NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana made its 85th consecutive top-25 appearance Sunday and remained No. 2 in the NAIA Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Poll.

The Gold Rush (11-5) have been No. 2 in all eight polls of 2017. This is the final ranking before Monday’s announcement of the 24 men’s teams and 24 women’s teams that qualified for the NAIA National Championships. The NAIA will announce Tuesday the brackets and seedings.

XULA possesses the longest active NAIA streak of men’s tennis top-25 appearances. The streak began April 4, 2007.

The national tourney will be played May 16-20 at Mobile, Ala.

The Gold Rush active poll streaks:
•  85 consecutive appearances in the top 25 . . . streak began April 4, 2007.
•  76 consecutive appearances in the top 20 . . . streak began April 30, 2008.
•  61 consecutive appearances in the top 15 . . . streak began Feb. 1, 2011.
•  55 consecutive appearances in the top 10 . . . streak began May 3, 2011.
•  17 consecutive appearances in the top 5 . . . streak began Jan. 26, 2016.
•  15 consecutive appearances in the top 3 . . . streak began March 1, 2016.
•  9 consecutive appearances in the top 2 . . . streak began May 25, 2016.

NAIA Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through May 5)

Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Georgia Gwinnett (14) 19-0 374 1
2 XULA 11-5 362 2
3 Keiser 18-4 350 3
4 Northwestern Ohio 21-1 338 4
5 Campbellsville 20-3 319 9
6 William Carey 17-5 315 6
7 Lindsey Wilson 16-6 299 5
8 Arizona Christian 15-12 289 7
9 William Woods 13-5 287 8
10 Cardinal Stritch 18-5 262 10
11 Mobile 22-4 254 11
12 Westmont 13-7 245 12
13 San Diego Christian 6-10 228 13
14 Coastal Georgia 14-7 218 14
15 Reinhardt 13-5 206 15
16 Middle Georgia 9-8 192 16
17 Tennessee Wesleyan 12-4 169 23
18 Olivet Nazarene 12-7 152 19
19 SCAD Savannah 8-8 150 20
20 Lawrence Tech 20-6 146 24
21 McPherson 12-3 122 21
22 Aquinas 17-7 120 17
23 Cumberland 7-6 116 22
24 SCAD Atlanta 11-4 114 18
25 St. Thomas (Fla.) 5-10 84 25

Dropped from rankings:  none
Others receiving votes:  Asbury 76, Warner 40, Davenport 30, Missouri Valley 25, Cumberlands 22, Judson (Ill.) 11, Point 10, Marian (Ind.) 10, Bethany (Kan.) 10, Lewis-Clark State 9
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Ed Cassiere

Ed Cassiere

Sports Information Director, Xavier University of Louisiana

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