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TENNESSEE RETURNS TO NO. 1 IN THE LATEST USA TODAY/NFCA POLL
Shannon Doepking

Shannon Doepking

May 9, 2007

STARKVILLE, Miss. - A sweep of Alabama during last Sunday's doubleheader at Tyson Park has helped Tennessee (53-4, 23-4 SEC) climb back into the No. 1 position in the latest release of the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) rankings. This occurrence marks the 12th overall week during the 2007 campaign that UT has spent in the nation's top position.

Despite falling 9-2 and 4-0 to the Big Orange, last week's top-rated Crimson Tide (50-6) still managed to pick up a single first-place vote while dropping a spot to second. The Oklahoma Sooners (49-6) remained third, while defending national champion Arizona (38-10-1) garnered the final remaining first-place nod to improve one slot to No. 4. After losing two of three games at Georgia, LSU (49-10) fell from fourth to fifth in the newest listing.

The top-seeded Tennessee Lady Vol softball team will open defense of its 2006 SEC Tournament title against No. 8 seed Ole Miss in Auburn, Ala., on Thursday, May 10, at 8:30 p.m. ET. 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). UT's run at the SEC Tournament will be broadcast live by The Sports Animal (99.1, 99.3 FM, 990 AM, through utladyvols.com via Yahoo Sports) with the "Voice of the Lady Vols" Mickey Dearstone on the call.

USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Softball Poll - May 9
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 May 6. First-place votes are in parenthesis.

Rank Team Record Pts Pvs
1 Tennessee (23) 53-4 623 2
2 Alabama (1) 50-6 588 1
3 Oklahoma 49-6 566 3
4 Arizona (1) 38-10-1 558 5
5 LSU 49-10 511 4
6 Northwestern 43-10 502 7
7 Texas A&M 39-9 465 6
8 Baylor 45-12 439 10
9 Arizona State 47-14 433 9
10 Michigan 42-10 425 8
11 Washington 34-14 365 11
12 Hawaii 45-9 328 13
13 UCLA 34-15 321 12
14 DePaul 40-10 283 14
15 Oregon State 36-21 229 15
16 Stanford 32-16-1 223 16
17 Georgia Tech 49-13 185 17
18 Texas 33-17 172 17
19 Florida 44-19 169 20
20 Oregon 40-16 168 18
21 Virginia Tech 44-14 110 24
22 Illinois State 42-14-1 96 22
23 Louisiana-Lafayette 46-14 81 22
24 Southern Illinois 38-13 43 21
25 N.C. State 41-17 41 NR
25 Ohio State 35-16 41 NR
Others receiving votes:
Missouri 35, Fresno State 27, Creighton 22, Houston 19, California 16, Massachusetts 12, North Carolina 4. Eight others received one vote each.

Dropped out:
No. 25 Missouri.

 

 

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