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LADY VOLS RECEIVE 29 FIRST-PLACE VOTES TO REMAIN ON TOP OF USA TODAY/NFCA POLL
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March 21, 2007


STARKVILLE, Miss. - The stint at the top of the polls continues for the Big Orange softball program as Tennessee (28-2, 6-2 SEC) begins its sixth consecutive week in the No. 1 position according to the latest release of the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) rankings released on Wednesday morning. The Lady Vols garnered 29 of the 30 available first-place votes to lead new No. 2 Alabama (28-1) by 56 total points.

For the first time in NFCA polling history two Southeastern Conference schools hold down the top two positions, and amazingly, not one member of the powerful Pac-10 Conference is currently rated among the nation's top four. Texas A&M (25-3) held at No. 3, while Oklahoma (33-2) climbed from sixth to fourth following its run to the Judi Garman Classic title in Fullerton, Calif. OU's rise occurred despite suffering its second no-hit defeat of the season, this time at the hands of current No. 23 N.C. State. Arizona State (29-5) rounds out the top five with a 29-5 overall record.

LSU (28-4) sits at No. 8, while Georgia (26-9) at No. 18 and Florida (20-14) at No. 22 round out the SEC members currently among the NFCA poll's top 25 teams.

No. 1 Tennessee will continue its conference slate on Wednesday by hosting South Carolina in a two-game mid-week set starting at 4:30 p.m. ET. Live stats will be available through utladyvols.com on Gametracker, and periodic updates will be provided to the Lady Vol Hotline at 865-974-8700 (box #6). The second match-up will be broadcast live on The Sports Animal (99.1, 99.3 FM, 990 AM, or on Yahoo Sports through the Lady Vol website) with the "Voice of the Lady Vols" Mickey Dearstone on the call starting at approximately 6:30 p.m.

USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll - Mar. 21
The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by NCAA Division I head coaches representing each conference. Records are as of Mar. 18. First-place votes are in parenthesis.

Rank Team Record Pts Pvs
1 Tennessee (29) 28-2 749 1
2 Alabama (1) 28-1 693 4
3 Texas A&M 25-3 689 3
4 Oklahoma 33-2 657 6
5 Arizona State 29-5 631 2
6 Arizona 21-7 612 5
7 Northwestern 19-5 574 7
8 LSU 28-4 523 10
9 Michigan 23-3 521 9
10 Texas 23-6 451 8
11 UCLA 22-6 439 11
12 Washington 21-7 402 12
13 Stanford 21-5 370 13
14 Oregon 30-3 353 16
15 Louisiana-Lafayette 28-7 326 17
16 Oregon State 20-10 322 15
17 Baylor 26-9 264 14
18 Georgia 26-9 251 18
19 Southern Illinois 21-6 166 20
20 Illinois State 23-6 155 21
21 Hawaii 27-7 132 23
22 Florida 20-14 122 19
23 N.C. State 21-11 73 NR
24 DePaul 16-6 70 NR
25 California 22-12 56 25
Others receiving votes:
Georgia Tech 55, Fresno State 22, Nebraska 16, Florida State 12, North Carolina 9, Virginia Tech 8, Cal State Fullerton 6, Houston 2. Four others received votes, but appeared on one ballot.
Dropped out:
No. 22 Georgia Tech, No. 24 Florida State.

 

 

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