NEW ORLEANS — For the first time in four years, Xavier University of Louisiana has climbed in three consecutive NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 polls.
The Gold Nuggets (5-6) moved Tuesday from 10th to ninth. The XULA women have improved by 10 spots since the preseason poll, mainly on the strength of four victories against ranked opponents. Their most recent dual match was a 9-0 victory at No. 22 St. Thomas (Fla.) March 17.
The 2013 Gold Nuggets climbed six consecutive times in the polls en route to the first-ever NAIA No. 1 ranking by a XULA team in any sport.
The ranking is the Gold Nuggets' highest since No. 4 on May 20, 2015. This is the 27th all-time top-10 appearance for XULA's women.
Next for XULA will be a pair of duals Saturday at Alexandria (La.) City Courts. The Gold Nuggets will play NAIA No. 13 LSU-Alexandria at 9 a.m. and Grambling of NCAA Division I at 1 p.m. The Gold Nuggets' next home appearance will be April 13 at 11 a.m. against NAIA No. 10 William Carey at XULA Tennis Center.
NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through March 26)