Oklahoma City---The Tennessee Lady Volunteers (47-2) extended their winning streak this week to 22 games and have now tied the record for consecutive weeks ranked at No. 1 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll after being voted as the top team in the country for a 10th consecutive week according to the latest poll released by the Amateur Softball Association. Tennessee joins Arizona, who was ranked No. 1 for 10 consecutive weeks back in 2004, as the current record holder.
While there is not doubt who is the No. 1 team in the country, the next four spots continue to shuffle this week. Alabama (42-4), riding an eight-game win streak, moved back into the No. 2 slot which it last held on March 20th. Arizona (31-8) moved up a spot to No. 3 to garner its highest ranking since March 6, while Oklahoma (43-5) slipped two spots to No. 4 after a weekend split at Missouri (30-18). Missouri earned the voting panel’s recognition, receiving 30 points after receiving only one in last week’s poll.
Baylor (39-9) moved up two spots this week to No. 7 after beating in-state rival Texas (28-13) in Austin on Wednesday and then sweeping Oklahoma State at home. The Lady Bears are the only undefeated team in conference play remaining in the Big 12 Conference.
The Pac 10 Conference dominates the middle of the poll this week with UCLA (28-11), Washington (27-11), Oregon State (33-13), Oregon (37-8) and Stanford (27-12) ranked 12th-15th respectively. UCLA, Washington and Oregon State made moves up the poll while Oregon and Stanford both dropped four spots after being swept in conference play over the weekend.
The Texas Longhorns dropped six spots in this week’s poll after their loss to Baylor and back-to-back losses at Nebraska. Texas, who is only 3-7 in Big 12 action, has lost four of its last five conference games.
The Southeastern Conference and Big 12 continue to dominate the Top 10 this week with three teams each including two from both conferences in the top five of the poll. The Pac 10 and Big 10 boast two teams each in the Top 10. The Pac 10 however maintains its dominance among conferences with teams ranked in the Top 25. Seven of its eight member schools appear in the poll this week. The Big 12 is a distant second with four while the SEC and ACC are tied for third with three each.
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