OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- The Washington Huskies claimed the No. 1 spot in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll as announced today by the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA). This marks the first time in poll history dating back to 2003 that the Huskies have earned the No. 1 ranking. The undefeated Washington Huskies tallied 16 first-place votes and moved to 14-0 over the weekend after posting five wins at the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.
Tied for No. 3, the UCLA Bruins cracked the top five after a 4-1 victory over a then-No. 1 Alabama. No. 8 Tennessee completed a perfect 5-0 weekend run and moved two spots while No. 11 Arizona State fell four notches with three-ranked losses.
The Tar Heels of North Carolina continued to climb landing at No. 16 with a 4-1 weekend record. No. 22 Southern Illinois, No. 24 Baylor and No. 25 Florida State all entered the poll this week as Houston, Texas A&M and Nevada dropped out.
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TOP TEN MATCH-UPS OF THE WEEK:
Feb. 25 – No. 2 Florida vs. No. 6 Michigan
Feb. 28 – T3. Alabama vs. No. 6 Michigan
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 83 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 http://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 as well as claimed two World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.
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