1-25-2011 UCLA Tops NFCA Poll

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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Rank Team Record Totals Last Poll
1 UCLA (27) 50-11 738 1
2 Arizona (3) 52-14 715 2
3 Georgia 50-13 669 3
4 Tennessee 49-15 645 4
5 Florida 49-10 607 6
6 Alabama 52-11 588 9
7 Missouri 51-13 564 8
8 Hawaii 50-15 500 7
9 Oklahoma 47-12 488 11
10 Washington 50-9 475 5
11 Michigan 49-8 445 10
12 California 44-19 413 13
13 Arizona State 44-17 403 12
14 Oregon 36-21 387 14
15 Texas 43-15 286 18
16 BYU 46-13 269 15
17 Louisiana-Lafayette 45-18 248 16
18 Georgia Tech 51-11 231 17
19 LSU 45-16 219 19
20 Stanford 37-19 209 21
21 Texas A&M 44-16 170 20
22 Ohio State 39-14 100 22
23 Oklahoma State 44-16 83 23
24 Illinois 45-18 69 25
25 North Carolina 42-20 51 24

 

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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