National Fastpitch Coaches Association
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Defending Champions UCLA No. 1 In Preseason USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll
January 25, 2011
STARKVILLE, Miss. – The 2010 National Champions UCLA will begin the 2011 season exactly where they left off last season, at the top of the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll.
The Bruins (50-11), who return seven starters from last year’s squad, received 27 of 30 first place votes in the preseason poll and beat out fellow Pac-10 member and National Runner-Up Arizona (52-14) by 23 points.
Rounding out the top five was a trio of SEC schools, all of which also made it to last year’s Women’s College World Series. Georgia (50-13), Tennessee (49-15) and Florida (49-10) were third through fifth, respectively in the poll and were followed by another SEC school, Alabama (52-11) at sixth.
Coming in at seventh and eighth in the poll was another pair of 2010 WCWS qualifiers in Missouri (51-13) and Hawaii (50-15), while Oklahoma (47-12) and Washington (50-9) filled out the last two spots in the Top 10.
The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Final 2010 records are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.
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Dropped Out: None
Others Receiving Votes: Fresno St. 31, Hofstra 29, Florida St. 22, Fordham 13, DePaul 12, Nebraska 9, Lipscomb 8, Radford 7, Florida International 7, Kentucky 7, Louisville 6, Notre Dame 6, Texas Tech 4, East Carolina 4, Massachusetts 3, Auburn 3,
San Diego St. 1, Long Island 1, Illinois St. 1, Northwestern 1.
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