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Tennessee Softball Improves to No. 3 in ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll
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May 3, 2011


By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Fresh off a dominant weekend sweep of Arkansas, the Tennessee Lady Vol softball team (44-7, 20-5 Southeastern Conference) equaled its highest ranking of the 2011 campaign by climbing two spots to No. 3 in Tuesday's release of the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll from the Amateur Softball Association (ASA).

UT had previously reached No. 3 in the nation in the Feb. 15 version of the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) rankings following a perfect 4-0 sweep through the Stetson Lead-off Classic in Deland, Fla.

Arizona State (45-5) remains in the top spot for a second straight week, nabbing all 20 first place votes after sweeping unranked Oregon State. Michigan (44-4) holds at No. 2, with Tennessee, Texas (44-5) and Alabama (42-7) sitting in positions three through five, respectively.

Tennessee's upcoming weekend opponent Florida (43-8) is sixth in this poll, while holding down the fourth spot in the current NFCA rankings. California (34-9), Missouri (40-6), Georgia (42-9) and Stanford (35-11) round out the top 10.

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 May 3 - Week 12

Rank Team Record Points Previous Ranking

1. Arizona State (20) 45-5 500 1

2. Michigan 44-4 469 2

3. Tennessee 44-7 446 5

4. Texas 44-5 431 3

5. Alabama 42-7 416 6

6. Florida 43-8 411 7

7. California 34-9 377 9

8. Missouri 40-6 374 8

9. Georgia 42-9 346 4

10. Stanford 35-11 310 13

11. Washington 32-10 269 12

12. Oregon 35-12 249 16

13. Arizona 37-13 248 10

14. UCLA 31-13 239 11

15. Oklahoma 35-16 238 14

16. Kentucky 35-11 191 15

17. Georgia Tech 42-8 175 20

18. Oklahoma State 37-12 172 T17

19. Baylor 37-12 123 T17

20. Nebraska 35-10 115 19

21. Notre Dame 38-8 101 22

22. Texas A&M 36-18 90 21

23. LSU 35-15 84 13

24. Indiana 34-15 45 RV

25. ULL 42-9 29 24

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

Dropped Out: Fresno State

New to Poll: Indiana

Others receiving votes: Auburn (15), Houston (9), Maryland (9), BYU (8), Texas Tech (2), Tulsa (2) and Syracuse (1)

 

 

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