1-21-2014 Vols Top First NFCA Poll

VOLS TOP FIRST NFCA POLL
1-21-2014

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

National Runner-Up Tennessee Opens at No. 1 in 2014 USA Today/NFCA Division I Preseason Top 25 Poll

January 21, 2014

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Last season’s national runner-up will start the 2014 campaign at No. 1 as the Tennessee Lady Vols (52-12) received seven first-place votes and totaled 729 points to hold down the top spot in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Preseason Top 25.

 

The lofty ranking marks the first time the Big Orange has started off a season in the top position as well as the initial instance for the program to be rated No. 1 since back on May 9, 2007.

 

Defending national champion Oklahoma (57-4) received 17 of 32 possible first-place votes, but trails Tennessee by nine points in this year’s initial ranking. National semifinalist Washington (45-17) received a single first-place nod to sit at No. 3, while fellow Women’s College World Series participants Florida (58-9 – six first-place votes) and Michigan (51-13 – one first-place vote) hold down slots four and five, respectively.

 

Alabama (45-15) sits at No. 6 with Arizona State (50-12), Oregon (50-11), Nebraska (45-16) and Texas (51-10) rounding out the top 10.

 

The Southeastern Conference led the way overall with eight total selections, while the Pacific-12 Conference boasted six and the Big 12 Conference three teams in the preseason rankings. The Big 10 Conference, the American Athletic Conference and the Sun Belt Conference each boasted a pair of squads in the listing, while the Atlantic Coast Conference and Conference USA each saw a single team among the top 25.

 

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Final 2013 records are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

Spy historical note:  Oklahoma had more first place votes than all other teams combined.  It’s rare that a team which receives half of the first place votes does not emerge as #1.  Given the multiple choice ballots, one or more pollsters had to give the Sooners a low vote.

 

 

 

USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Poll – Preseason — Jan. 21, 2014

 

Rank

Team

2013 Record

Totals

Final 2013 Rank

1

Tennessee (7)

52-12

729

2

2

Oklahoma (17)

57-4

720

1

3

Washington (1)

45-17

702

4

4

Florida (6)

58-9

684

5

5

Michigan (1)

51-13

652

6

6

Alabama

45-15

604

10

7

Arizona State

50-12

593

7

8

Oregon

50-11

576

9

9

Nebraska

45-16

572

8

10

Texas

51-10

532

3

11

Texas A&M

42-18

383

13

12

Kentucky

41-21

374

14

13

Louisiana Lafayette

47-15

367

12

14

Missouri

38-14

357

11

15

Florida State

44-19

317

15

16

UCLA

40-20

282

21

17

LSU

42-16

269

18

18

Baylor

42-17

244

20

19

Louisville

48-13

235

19

20

South Alabama

48-9

194

17

21

UAB

40-19

181

16

22

Stanford

39-21

164

22

23

Georgia

40-21

149

RV

24

California

38-19

125

23

25

USF

45-16

98

RV

 

Others Receiving Votes:  Hawai’i (86), Arizona (45), Arkansas (28), Hofstra (27), Tulsa (23), Wisconsin (21), N.C. State (16), Auburn (10), Long Beach State (8), Notre Dame (8), Virginia Tech (8), Houston (6), BYU (5), Oregon State (3), North Carolina (2), Western Kentucky (1)

 

 

 

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