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The Knights close the 2013-14 season ranked No. 22 in the final NAIA Women's Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
The Knights close the 2013-14 season ranked No. 22 in the final NAIA Women's Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
Women's Tennis - Tue, May. 6, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University women's tennis team closed the 2013-14 season as the No. 22-ranked team in the NAIA after the national office released the final edition of the 2013-14 NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 poll on Monday.


The Knights finished just two spots out of an at-large qualifying spot for the 2014 NAIA Women's Tennis National Championship. The qualifiers went to No. 20 in the ranking and it marks the second straight season in which MU has just missed qualification.

Head coach Cassie Mackell, the 2013 Crossroads League Coach of the Year, led the Knights to a 17-9 overall record and a 7-1 mark in league play, which concluded in the fall. MU's only defeats of the fall came to NCAA Division III nationally ranked DePauw University and a pair of defeats to the league's automatic qualifier, Indiana Wesleyan University.

MU was the runner-up in the regular season and also finished as the runner-up to IWU in the league tournament. The Knights took the Wildcats to a pair of 5-4 finishes and they were the only matches in a perfect fall season for IWU that saw the opponent take more than two matches.

The latest ranking marks the 26th consecutive time the Knights have been featured in the national poll. MU has been in the poll dating back to the 2012 preseason poll released on Jan. 31, 2012 when MU was ranked at No. 25. The Knights peaked at No. 19 in the preseason and first edition of last season's poll and stayed at No. 21 at the end of the year.
 



MU IN NAIA WOMEN'S TENNIS COACHES' TOP 25 POLL (since 2012)
     
2011-12  2012-13 
Preseason (01.31.12)25 Preseason (01.29.13)19
Week 1 (02.21.12)24 Week 1 (02.19.13)19
Week 2 (03.06.12)25 Week 2 (03.05.13)19
Week 3 (03.20.12)23 Week 3 (03.19.13)21
Week 4 (04.03.12)24 Week 4 (04.02.13)21
Week 5 (04.17.12)24 Week 5 (04.16.13)22
Week 6 (05.01.12)25 Week 6 (04.30.13)22
Final (05.07.12)25 Week 7 (05.05.13)21
Postseason (05.22.12)25 Postseason (05.22.13)21
     
2013-14    
Preseason (01.28.14)22   
Week 1 (02.18.14)22   
Week 2 (03.04.14)21   
Poll 3 (03.18.14)21   
Poll 4 (04.01.14)21   
Poll 5 (04.15.14)22   
Poll 6 (04.29.14)21   
Final (05.05.14)22