KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Union College is out of the NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 poll for the first time this season as the Lady Bulldogs landed at No. 29, the organization announced Sunday. Also announced were the 24 teams for the 2009 NAIA Women's Tennis National Championship, in which Union will play in.
Union was at No. 25 in the April 21 poll. This edition, the last of the regular season, Union received 31 votes, one behind Hope International (Calif.) University. The last time Union was out of the Top 25 was the final regular-season poll for the 2007 season.
The Lady Bulldogs will take a 13-3 record into the national tournament after winning the Appalachian Athletic Conference to earn the league's automatic bid.
Auburn (Ala.) University Montgomery was voted No. 1 for the seventh time this season with all 12 first-place votes. No. 2 and No. 3 remain the same with Fresno Pacific (Calif.) University and Berry (Ga.) College holding the respective spots. Concordia (Calif.) University made the leap from No. 7 to No. 4 and Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) rounding out the Top-5.
A total of 15 teams stayed put from the last poll and Cumberland (Tenn.) University replaced Union at No. 25. Cumberland is the only team that was not in the Top-25 now in the rankings.
The Lady Bulldogs join 23 other teams for the NAIA Women's Tennis National Championship to be contested in Mobile, Ala. starting May 12. Union was one of the 16 teams to receive an automatic bid for winning a conference championship. Eight teams were added as at-large selections.
Union played fellow qualifier Xavier (La.) University earlier in 2009 and lost 5-0 on April 11. The Lady Bulldogs will look to reach the round of 16 for the second straight season.
The bracket will be announced Monday.
To view the entire poll, click here.
To view all the national qualifiers, click here.