The University of Washington (22-1) remains at No. 1 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll for the fifth consecutive week after taking home the title of the Husky Softball Classic this weekend with five wins announced today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America. The defending National Champions received all but one first-place vote as the Arizona Wildcats, also 22-1, claimed one first-place vote after a perfect six-win weekend for a No. 2 ranking.
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No. 4 Michigan moved up one spot with four victories, two of which were against a then-No. 20 Louisville. The Crimson Tide of Alabama landed at No. 5 this week from No. 7 with two strong wins over SEC opponent Georgia. The Bulldogs are now tied at No. 6 with the UCLA Bruins who defeated a then-No.18 North Carolina 1-0.
The top ten teams remained the same as the Pac-10 Conference leads the way with seven teams in the Top 25. The Big 12 is close behind with six teams and the SEC with five teams.
North Carolina advanced despite the UCLA loss from No. 18 to 16 with two ACC wins over Florida State. The Cowgirls of Oklahoma State continued to climb as they are now tied at No. 17 with Ohio State. No. 21 Tennessee and No. 22 Illinois both saw the week’s biggest jumps moving up three spots.
BYU dropped out of the poll with three losses while the Oregon Ducks claimed No. 25 with four wins.
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 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 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 as well as claimed two World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit www.usasoftball.com.
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