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11TH STRAIGHT TOP RANKING MOVES TENNESSEE'S NO. 1 STREAK TO SECOND ALL TIME
Liane Horiuchi

Liane Horiuchi

April 25, 2007

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Tennessee (50-2, 20-2 SEC) moved within one week of matching the record for the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) poll with the release of the new rankings on Wednesday by the national softball organization. The Lady Vols now possess the second-longest No. 1 streak in history at 11 consecutive listings to remain just behind the 1998 Arizona, 1999 UCLA and 2000 Washington teams that possessed the top spot for 12 straight polls.

The only change in the new top five occurred at the No. 3 spot where defending national champion Arizona (34-9) dropped a spot to fourth and was replaced in third position by Oklahoma (47-5). Alabama (46-4, 18-4 SEC) maintains its hold on No. 2 by nailing down one first-place vote, while Texas A&M (37-7) rounds out the top five teams.

Tennessee's upcoming weekend opponent LSU (46-6, 19-3 SEC) currently sits at No. 6 to set up a huge three-game series between the two top-six squads this weekend in Baton Rouge, La. The series opener (4 p.m. ET on Saturday) and the finale (2 p.m. ET on Sunday) will both be broadcast live on ESPN2 with Beth Mowins and U.S. National Team member Jessica Mendoza on the call. Live stats will be available through utladyvols.com, and periodic updates will be provided to the Lady Vol Hotline at (865) 974-8700 (box #6).

USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll - Apr. 25

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 Apr. 22. First-place votes are in parenthesis.

RankTeamRecordPtsPvs
1Tennessee (24)50-26241
2Alabama (1)46-45972
3Oklahoma47-55604
4Arizona34-95583
5Texas A&M37-75155
6LSU46-65126
7Arizona State42-114777
8Northwestern36-104458
9Michigan37-84309
10Baylor41-1138810
11Washington29-1236411
12UCLA30-1233812
13Oregon State34-1528913
14Hawaii42-928316
15DePaul32-727117
16Oregon38-1123814
17Stanford29-1323118
18Texas29-1518315
19Southern Illinois36-916820
20Florida37-1812222
21Georgia Tech44-1310624
22Louisiana-Lafayette39-1310521
23Virginia Tech38-138623
24Illinois State37-12-18119
25N.C. State39-1663NR

Others receiving votes:
Fresno State 34, Missouri 17, Massachusetts 11, Creighton 9. Six others received one vote each.

Dropped out:
No. 25 Fresno State.


 

 

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