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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan continues to lead the way in an unchanged first five in the NFCA Division III Top 25 rankings.

The (28-0) Marlins swept Guilford in a pair of run-rule shortened games on Sunday, and are unbeaten in their last 34 games, but figure to have a much-tougher test later today, when they travel to No. 4 Christopher Newport. The (21-3) Captains have won 12 straight, including their last eight at home.

Second-ranked Texas Lutheran (27-1) was idle this past week, but starts its final run of conference games with a pair of doubleheaders against Southwestern on Friday and Saturday. No. 3 Texas-Tyler, meanwhile, swept rival East Texas Baptist in a three-game conference series to improve to 26-1 and extend its win streak to 19 games. Fifth-ranked Luther (22-2) had won 17 straight before its one-run loss in Monday’s split with Wisconsin-River Falls indoors.  

Randolph-Macon (30-2), Berry (30-4), Trine (22-4) and George Fox (28-6) all were unanimous choices to move up one place apiece in this week’s rankings, while Moravian (17-3), which has won 15 straight, moved into the top 10 for the first time this season.

No. 20 Emory (17-7) worked its way back into the Top 25 on the strength of a 10-game win streak, and Saint Mary’s of Indiana (24-2) has won nine straight to debut at No. 25, while North Central, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Buena Vista, Geneseo and Worcester Polytechnic Institute are this week’s newcomers in the receiving votes category.

The NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll is selected by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions. Current 2018 records are listed, with first-place votes in parentheses.

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – April 11, 2018

Rank

Team

2018 Record

Points

Previous

1

Virginia Wesleyan (8)

28-0

200

1

2

Texas Lutheran

27-1

192

2

3

Texas-Tyler

26-1

184

3

4

Christopher Newport

21-3

176

4

5

Luther

22-2

168

5

6

Randolph-Macon

30-2

160

7

7

Berry

30-4

152

8

8

Trine

22-4

144

9

9

George Fox

28-6

136

10

10

Moravian

17-3

120

13

11

St. John Fisher

14-6

118

T11

12

East Texas Baptist

24-7

95

T11

13

Williams

18-4

92

16

14

St. Thomas (Minn.)

15-5

88

14

15

Amherst

17-2

81

17

16

Illinois Wesleyan

15-6

79

6

17

Linfield

28-8

64

22

T18

Calvin

16-5

53

T20

 

Kean

19-3

53

15

20

Emory

17-7

50

RV

21

Rowan

17-6-1

48

18

22

Saint Benedict

13-5

44

19

23

Central (Iowa)

16-6

41

T23

24

Hope

16-3

28

T23

25

Saint Mary’s (Ind.)

24-2

14

NR

Others receiving votes: Pomona-Pitzer 10, North Central 2, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2, William Paterson 2, Babson 1, Buena Vista 1, Geneseo 1, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute 1.

Dropped out: Coe, Emory & Henry, Ithaca and Muskingum.

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