Softball Lady 'Cats Ranked 15th In NFCA Preseason Poll

Softball Lady 'Cats Ranked 15th In NFCA Preseason Poll

LOUISVILLE – Coming off a historical season and the program's first national championship, the University of North Alabama was unanimously voted the No. 1 team in the 2017 NFCA Division II Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll, announced the Association on Wednesday morning.

Collecting all 16 first-place votes and 400 points, the Lions capped their record-setting campaign with a 60-7 record and the 2016 NCAA Division II national title. Under the guidance of head coach Ashley Cozart, UNA defeated preseason No. 2 Humboldt State in the three-game championship series. 

Humboldt State (384 points), returned to the NCAA Championship Tournament for the first time since 2013 and made its sixth overall appearance. It was the two-time national champions second runner-up finish.

The rest of the NCAA Championship field makes up the No. 3 through No. 8 spots in the poll. National semifinalists Armstrong State (43-15 / 362) and Southern Arkansas (53-11 / 343) grab rank third and fifth, sandwiching No. 4 with West Texas A&M (59-5 / 346).

Coming out of the Midwest Region as a four seed, Grand Valley State (43-13 / 312) is ranked No. 6, while the back-to-back Championship participant Adelphi (35-22 / 297) comes in at No. 7.

Atlantic Region champions University of Charleston (50-12 / 265) and Super Regional participants University of North Georgia (54-8 / 265) follow at No. 8. Another Super Regional participant Wayne State University (50-10 / 237) rounds out the top 10.

The Lady Bobcats, under head coach Steve Warner, enter the preseason poll at No. 15. Wesleyan ended the 2016 season ranked 15th.

They received 167 votes.

Wesleyan will get their season underway on Saturday, March 4 on their spring break trip in Clermont, Fla.

On that opening day, they will play Cedarville at 9 a.m. and then Lake Erie at 11:30 a.m.

 

2017 NFCA Division II Softball Coaches Poll
Preseason | January 25, 2017

Rank

Team                   

Totals

2016 Record

2016 Ranking

1

North Alabama (16)

400

60-7

1

2

Humboldt State

384

54-8-1

2

3

Armstrong State

362

43-15

3

4

West Texas A&M

346

59-5

5

5

Southern Arkansas

343

53-11

4

6

Grand Valley State

312

43-13

7

7

Adelphi

297

35-22

6

8

University of Charleston

265

50-12

8

8

North Georgia

265

54-8

9

10

Wayne State (Mich.)

237

50-10

11

11

Arkansas Tech

236

49-11

10

12

St. Mary's University

226

47-14

12

13

Valdosta State

203

41-14-2

RV

14

Central Washington

188

42-17

14

15

West Virginia Wesleyan

167

54-11

15

16

Indianapolis

154

51-6

13

17

Saint Leo

127

39-8

16

18

California Baptist

105

42-13

RV

19

Colorado Mesa

86

40-13

24

20

Central Oklahoma

81

40-20

RV

21

Caldwell

78

36-15

RV

22

University of Missouri-St. Louis

77

53-9

18

23

University of Alabama in Huntsville

58

40-17

17

24

California (Pa.)

55

38-6

21

25

Lenoir-Rhyne

47

48-13

RV

Receiving Votes:  LIU Post (21), Azusa Pacific (16), Minnesota State (13), Southern New Hampshire (12), Southern Indiana (9), Pfeiffer (7), West Florida (7), Texas Woman's (7), Chico State (6), Bloomsburg (5), UC San Diego (2).