Oklahoma City---It only took one week for the Tennessee Lady Volunteers (53-4) to regain the top spot in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll after sweeping a double-header from last week’s top team, Alabama (50-6), as announced today by the Amateur Softball Association. The Vols have dominated the poll this season only giving up the top spot once in 13 regular season polls.
Oklahoma (49-6) moved up to the No. 2 spot this week while Alabama moved into a tie for third with Arizona (38-10-1). Baylor (45-12) climbed up to No. 5 after securing their first ever Big 12 regular season title with wins over Texas (33-17) and Texas A&M (39-9).
LSU (49-10), who knocked off top ranked Tennessee a week ago, dropped to No. 6 this week after losing two of three at rival Georgia (43-25) to finish second overall in the SEC. Despite the losses, LSU still claimed its eighth western division title in 11 years.
Virginia Tech (44-14) continues to better their ranking moving up two spots to No. 15 this week after a mid-week sweep of Big South champs, Liberty (36-24). The Hokies won the regular season ACC title for the first time in school history and will face eighth seeded Virginia (17-37) in the opening round of the ACC Tournament on Thursday.
No. 17 Georgia Tech (49-13), who advanced two spots in this week’s poll, is currently on a sixteen-game winning streak and enters the ACC Tournament as the No. 3 seed.
For the first time this season there are actually 26 teams in the Top 25 Poll after teams tied in two positions in the poll. Alabama and Arizona tied at No. 3 while Florida (44-19) and Fresno State (42-16) regained a spot in the Top 25 rankings this week sharing the 25th position. NC State (42-17) dropped out of the Top 25 despite being idle this past week.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 84 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.
ABOUT USA SOFTBALL
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive. For more information about USA Softball, please visit www.usasoftball.com
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