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.
Others receiving votes:
Fresno State 34, Missouri 17, Massachusetts 11, Creighton 9. Six others received one vote each.
No. 25 Fresno State.