CU men rank No. 14 in first regular season tennis poll

Feb. 17—Cumberland's men slid one spot No. 14 in the first NAIA top 25 tennis poll of the spring and second poll of the season, released Wednesday by the national office.

Cumberland was ranked No. 13 in the 2023-24 preseason coaches' poll back in August. Subsequent polls will be released every two weeks from here on out. The Phoenix are 1-2 to start the spring after losing to Lipscomb and Sewanee and defeating Tennessee Southern.

The latest NAIA rankings showcase Georgia Gwinnett at the top, maintaining its dominance with a 4-0 record. Tennessee Wesleyan holds strong at second place, while Keiser (Fla.) follows closely at third with a 2-0 standing. Notable risers include Northwestern Ohio, storming into the fourth spot with a commendable 6-1 record. Meanwhile, Westcliff (Calif.) rounds out the top 5 at No. 5 with a 2-3 record.

Cumberlands (Ky.) is the highest-ranked Mid-South Conference team at No. 11. The Phoenix are second amongst teams in the league at No. 14 and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) is ranked No. 17. Campbellsville (Ky.) is just outside of the poll in the receiving votes category.

The Phoenix will be in action this weekend with three matches. They will take on Milligan and Lincoln Memorial today and Union College tomorrow.

Women receiving votes

Cumberland's women sit just outside the top 25 in the first NAIA tennis poll of the spring in the receiving votes category, announced Wednesday morning by the national office.

The Phoenix are two spots away from entering the polls, essentially the 27th-ranked team in the country. Cumberland has an 0-1 record to start the season after dropping a contest to Sewanee on the road this past weekend.

Georgia Gwinnett continues to hold the top spot, maintaining a perfect 4-0 record and securing 13 first-place votes. Keiser (Fla.) holds onto the second spot with a solid 2-1 standing, closely trailing the frontrunners. Xavier (La.) makes a notable climb to third place, boasting a commendable 4-1 record. Southeastern (Fla.) slips to fourth place with a 2-1 record. Tennessee Wesleyan rounds out the top five with a 1-2 record.

In the Mid-South Conference, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) leads the charge, holding steady at the 12th spot with a 3-2 record. Cumberlands (Ky.) experiences a slight dip in the rankings, currently placed at 14th despite a 1-2 standing. Campbellsville (Ky.) sits at 23rd with a 1-2 record and Cumberland received notable recognition in the receiving votes category.

Cumberland has three matches slated for this weekend as the Phoenix will take on Milligan and Lincoln Memorial today and be at No. 18 Union College tomorrow.