Gold Nuggets maintain No. 22 position in coaches poll
NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana remained 22nd Tuesday in the NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll and extended its lengthy streak of consecutive appearances.
The Gold Nuggets (2-4) have appeared in 43 consecutive top 25s dating to Feb. 25, 2004. They have victories against NAIA opponents Tougaloo and Our Lady of the Lake and have lost three times to NCAA Division I opponents.
Xavier was one of 14 teams to maintain its ranking from the preseason poll of Feb. 1. Twelve of the top 15 teams are in the same spot as last time. Belhaven is the lone newcomer this week; the Lady Blazers replaced Georgetown (Ky.) at No. 25.
Defending national champion Fresno Pacific is No. 1 for the second consecutive poll.
The Gold Nuggets' next match will start at 1 p.m. Sunday at LSU, and it will be the first tennis meeting between the schools. Then the Nuggets will travel to California, where they'll play No. 4 Vanguard on March 4 and a second opponent to be determined.
The next poll will be announced March 8.