No. 1 Arizona Leads Seven Pac-10 Teams In Preseason USA Today/NFCA Top-25 Softball Poll

Jan. 24, 2007

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Defending national champion ARIZONA earned 23first-place votes to claim the top spot in the USA Today/NFCA Top-25Preseason Poll.

UA leads a contingent of seven Pac-10 teams ranked in the poll, includingsix in the top-10. 2006 third-place finisher UCLA is back in the No. 3 spot to begin 2007, while fellow Women's College World Series participants ARIZONA STATE and OREGON STATE rank fifth and sixth respectively.

STANFORD debuts at No. 8 in the poll, and CALIFORNIA garnered the final spot in the top-10. WASHINGTON landed just outside the top-10 at No. 12, giving the Pac-10 seven of the top-12 teams in the nation.

The seven Pac-10 entries was the most for any conference. The SEC and Big 12 both placed five teams in therankings, with the SEC placing three squads in the top 10 slots.

The Wildcats, who finished 2006 with a 54-11 record, rank one spot ahead of fellowWCWS participant Tennessee in the inaugural poll ofthe 2007 campaign. UA defeated Tennessee in last year's WCWS to advance tothe championship series against Northwestern.

Other preseason top-10 teams include No. 4 Northwestern, last year's runner-up, and another '06 WCWS squad, Alabama, at No. 7. LSU sits between the Cardinal and Golden Bears at No. 9.

Michigan begins the season in the No. 11 spot, followed by Washington, TexasA&M, Georgia and Nebraska at Nos. 12-15.

Oklahoma moved up a couple of places to No. 16, while Texas moved down to17th after finishing in the top five at the conclusion of 2006. Fellow Big12 competitor Baylor moved up two slots to 18th.

Louisiana-Lafayette follows the trio of Big 12 squads in the No. 19 spot,while Louisville rounds out the top 20 after dropping three places from thefinal 2006 rankings.

Fresno State, South Florida, Massachusetts, Auburn and Florida State roundout the top 25.

USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Preseason Softball Poll

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by NCAA Division Ihead coaches representing each conference. Final 2006 records are shown.First-place votes are in parenthesis.

Rank, School, 2006 Record, Pts., Pvs.1. Arizona (23), 54-11, 737, 12. Tennessee (7), 61-12, 679, 33. UCLA, 50-9, 648, 44. Northwestern, 50-15, 647, 25. Arizona State, 53-15, 594, 66. Oregon State, 43-16, 579, 87. Alabama, 54-11, 485, 78. Stanford, 42-18, 481, 129. LSU, 55-14, 471, 1110. California, 48-14, 436, 911. Michigan, 44-15, 400, 1012. Washington, 35-25, 353, 1513. Texas A&M, 34-19, 323, 2214. Georgia, 54-15, 320, 1315. Nebraska, 44-12, 280, 1416. Oklahoma, 40-21-1, 274, 1817. Texas, 55-9, 273, 518. Baylor, 38-22, 248, 2019. Louisiana-Lafayette, 50-12, 235, 1620. Louisville, 45-11, 211, 1721. Fresno State, 37-19, 198, 2322. South Florida, 50-25, 181, 1823. Massachusetts, 41-16, 123, 2424. Auburn, 36-22, 84, 2125. Florida State, 44-30, 79, 25

Others Receiving Votes:NC State 74, Cal State Fullerton 54, San Diego State 49, Florida 47, GeorgiaTech 40, North Carolina 21, Southern Illinois 17, Long Beach State 15,Florida Atlantic 14, DePaul 12, BYU 11, Notre Dame 10, Hofstra 8, Kansas 5,Virginia Tech 3.

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