Huskies Picked to Finish Fifth By Pac-10 Coaches
Jan. 29, 2008
SEATTLE - The Washington Husky softball team has been picked to finish fifth in the conference in a vote by the Pac-10 coaches it was announced this morning. The Huskies received 24 points while defending conference and national champion Arizona was picked to finish first with 45 pints and four first place votes.
Arizona State came in a close second, earning a split of the first place votes, also with four, and 44 total points. UCLA was third, garnering 40 points, and Stanford came in fourth with 28 points. Following the UW was California with 18 points, Oregon State with 15 points and Oregon with 10 points.
All eight Pac-10 teams were chosen to participate in the NCAA Tournament in 2007, with Arizona winning their second consecutive national title. Along with the Wildcats, Arizona State and Washington qualified for the Women's College World Series (WCWS) with the Huskies finishing tied for third place and the Sun Devils tied for seventh.
Also on Tuesday, Washington was voted No. 14 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Preaseason Poll released by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA). The Huskies tallied 256 points while Arizona was tabbed as the preseason No. 1 team in the nation with 487 points and 14 of the 18 first place votes.
The Huskies have now been voted in the Top 15 of both major polls. Last Wednesday, Washington came in No. 11 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Preseason Poll. The Huskies finished No. 3 in both polls last season after finishing in a tie for third place at the WCWS.
Washington returns four starters from last season's team that went 42-19 and advanced to the WCWS for the first time since 2004. The Huskies open the 2008 season Feb. 8-10 at the Sportco Spring Kick-off Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. Washington's first home contest will come when they host the Husky Softball Classic, March 29-April 2.