1-30-2013 Division II Pre Season Poll

Defending Champ Valdosta State Starts 2013 Season As Unanimous No. 1 in NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll
January 30, 2013

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Valdosta State will christen defense of its 2012 national championship as the unanimous pick at No. 1 in the 2013 NFCA Division II Preseason Poll that was released by the Association on Wednesday.

 

The Blazers received all 16 possible first-place votes to hold down the top position while last season’s national runner-up UC San Diego (45-23) followed closely behind in second.

 

Kutztown (52-7), Angelo State (48-11) and Southern Connecticut State (43-13) rounded out the national top five, respectively.

 

Columbus State (40-20) jumped all the way from the “receiving votes” category in last year’s final listing to No. 10 in the 2013 preseason ranking, while Minnesota State Mankato (49-10) enjoyed a seven-position improvement from No. 13 up to sixth.

 

Joining the Lady Cougars as new additions to this year’s rating was Abilene Christian (30-18) at No. 22 and Dixie State (38-13) in a tie for No. 24.

 

Three squads departed from last year’s final poll as Florida Southern (No. 18), Winona State (No. 19) and Lenoir-Rhyne (No. 20) dropped into the “receiving votes” category.
The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches, two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Final 2012 records are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

 

 

Rank

Team

Final 2012

Record

Totals

Final 2012 Poll

1

Valdosta State (16)

58-5

400

1

2

UC San Diego

45-23

382

T-3

3

Kutztown

52-7

339

T-3

4

Angelo State

48-11

310

9

5

Southern Connecticut

43-13

303

6

6

Minn. St. Mankato

49-10

281

13

7

St. Joseph’s (Ind.)

40-21

270

7

T-8

Augustana (SD)

53-12

264

5

T-8

Tampa

37-8

264

12

10

Columbus State

40-20

257

RV

11

Cal St. Doming. Hills

45-15

255

11

12

North Georgia

49-10

248

10

T-13

Rollins

43-11

178

15

T-13

Flagler

39-20

178

8

15

Indianapolis

50-9

171

14

16

Central Oklahoma

46-8

163

2

17

Cal St. Monterey Bay

46-14

134

16

18

Emporia State

42-11

112

21

19

Barry

40-11

101

22

20

Armstrong Atlantic

45-11

98

17

21

West Va. Wesleyan

43-14

94

23

22

Abilene Christian

30-18

89

NR

23

Molloy

47-13

86

24

T-24

Grand Valley State

45-15

38

25

T-24

Dixie State

38-13

38

RV

 

Dropped Out of Final 2012 Poll: No. 18 Florida Southern, No. 19 Winona State, No. 20 Lenoir-Rhyne

 

Others Receiving Votes: Florida Southern (37), St. Edwards (23), Lenoir-Rhyne (20), Bloomsburg (14), Winona State (14), Missouri Western State (11), Montana State Billings (10), Caldwell (7), Texas Woman’s Univ. (3), Ashland (3), Grand Canyon (2), West Texas A&M (2), Alabama-Huntsville (1).

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