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Gold Rush No. 4; postseason is just around the corner (106 hits)

Xavier University of Louisiana remained No. 4 Tuesday in the NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25. It's the final ranking before the national tournament.

XULA (11-11) extended its streak of consecutive top-25 appearances to 94. That's the longest active streak in NAIA men's tennis. The streak began April 4, 2007.

The Gold Rush have not played since April 16. XULA has three victories this season against ranked opponents and four against NCAA Division I members, including Nicholls and Troy.

The postseason timeline:
• Monday: NAIA will announce at 3 p.m. CDT the 24 men's teams that qualified for the NAIA National Championships.
• Tuesday: NAIA will announce at 1 p.m. CDT the seeds and bracket for nationals. The top eight seeds will receive first-round byes.
• May 13 (Sunday): XULA will depart for Mobile, Ala., the site of nationals.
• May 14 (Monday): Tournament banquet, which will include the presentation of ITA end-of-season and NAIA Champions of Character awards.
• May 15 (Tuesday): First round of competition at Copeland-Cox Mobile Tennis Center (851 Gaillard Drive, zip code 36608, phone 251-208-5181). Admission is free for every round. Men's matches will start in the afternoon.
• May 16 (Wednesday): Round of 16. The XULA men are expected to receive a first-round bye and play their first match on this day.
• May 17 (Thursday): Quarterfinals.
• May 18 (Friday): Semifinals.
• May 19 (Saturday): Championship.
• May 22 (Tuesday): NAIA announces its All-America team.
• May 23 (Wednesday): NAIA announces postseason top 25, and ITA announces its end-of-season singles and doubles rankings.

NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through April 29)

RANK PREVIOUS SCHOOL) RECORD POINTS
1 1 Georgia Gwinnett (14) 23-0 374
2 2 Keiser (Fla.) 15-6 362
3 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 14-0 348
4 4 Xavier (La.) 11-11 335
5 5 William Carey (Miss.) 12-3 329
6 7 Cumberland (Tenn.) 21-2 305
7 6 William Woods (Mo.) 14-6 302
8 8 Mobile (Ala.) 19-2 287
9 9 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 14-4 284
10 T10 Arizona Christian 18-7 260
11 T10 Campbellsville (Ky.) 13-6 253
12 12 Northwestern Ohio 13-5 245
13 13 Middle Georgia State 10-4 233
14 14 Reinhardt (Ga.) 16-3 226
15 15 Westmont (Calif.) 8-9 203
16 16 Tennessee Wesleyan 11-4 196
17 18 Union (Ky.) 13-5 175
18 17 San Diego Christian (Calif.) 8-7 172
19 19 Asbury (Ky.) 15-1 153
20 20 Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 20-5 146
21 21 Coastal Georgia 11-7 136
22 22 Indiana Wesleyan 27-8 117
23 23 Point (Ga.) 15-8 103
24 T24 Cumberlands (Ky.) 8-11 102
25 T24 McPherson (Kan.) 14-3 98


Dropped from the Top 25: None

Others Receiving Votes: Texas A&M-Texarkana 56; Loyola (La.) 37; St. Thomas (Fla.) 36; Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 30; Missouri Valley 28; Bethany (Kan.) 22; St. Francis (Ill.) 12; Aquinas (Mich.) 9; Bluefield (Va.) 7; Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 6.

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Posted By: Elynor Moss
Friday, May 4th 2018 at 4:40PM
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