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Softball at No. 7 in Preseason Poll
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/20/2009
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Jan. 20, 2009

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Coming off of their 20th Women's College World Series appearance in 21 years, the University of Arizona softball team has been tabbed at No. 7 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Preseason Poll.

The Wildcats began the 2008 season ranked at No. 1 after successfully defending one of their eight national championships for the third time. Arizona has been ranked No. 1 in the country for at least part of the year every season since 1991.

The University of Florida, which set an NCAA record with 70 victories in the 2008 season, has been selected by the NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll Committee as the No. 1 team for the 2009 USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Preseason Poll. The Gators finished tied for third at last year's Women's College World Series behind NCAA Division I Champion Arizona State and runner-up Texas A&M. The Sun Devils received half of the available first place votes (15) and are ranked second in the preseason poll.

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Final 2008 records are shown. First-place votes are in parentheses.

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE PRESEASON POLL (in pdf format)

The first 2009 regular season poll will be released on Tuesday, February 10.

Up Next: The Wildcats open their season at the 2009 Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. on Feb. 6 against Kansas at 4:30 p.m. Tucson time.

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