NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana made its fifth climb of the season Sunday in the NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 poll.
The Gold Nuggets moved from eighth to seventh. Their five climbs this season are their most since 2013.
Indiana Wesleyan, a 5-4 loser to XULA Feb. 18 in the Grizzly Invitational at Lawrenceville, Ga., aided the Gold Nuggets’ ranking with a 5-4 victory Friday at Northwestern Ohio. UNOH fell from fifth to eighth.
XULA’s ranking is its highest of the post-Nour Abbes era. Abbes, an consensus All-America player for the Gold Nuggets in 2014 and 2015, led the Gold Nuggets twice to the national semifinals.
The Gold Nuggets are the lone top-15 team with a losing record (7-13), but they have five victories against ranked opponents. All of XULA’s losses are to ranked or NCAA Division I opponents.
XULA will learn by 5 p.m. Monday if it earned a bid to the NAIA National Championships May 16-20 at Mobile, Ala. The NAIA will announce Tuesday the seedings and the brackets for the event, which will consist of 24 women’s teams and 24 men’s teams.
|NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through May 5)