Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Coaches Pick Arizona to Win Pac-10
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 22, 2007
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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. ?- The Arizona softball team has been selected by the Pac-10 coaches as the Conference’s top team entering 2007.


The Wildcats, which edged rival UCLA by two points for the top spot in the poll, look to be the third consecutive team to win the Conference crown on the field after being selected on the coaches’ ballots.


In 2005 and 2006 respectively, coaches correctly predicted Cal and UCLA would win the Pac-10.  Two years ago, Cal’s conference title was shared by three other teams, including Arizona.


In years following national championships, Arizona has won five of six Pac-10 titles.  The only year UA failed to defend its national championship by winning the Conference was 2002.  Additionally, UA has reached the national title game in each year following a national championship.


Results of the poll are as follows. Seven points are awarded for a first-place vote, six points for a second place vote, and so on. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.


School (First Place Votes) Points

1. Arizona (5) 47

2. UCLA (3) 45

3. Arizona State 35

4. Oregon State 32

5. Stanford 21

6. California 18

    Washington 18

8. Oregon 8


Arizona begins its title defense on Feb. 9 in Tempe, Ariz., against Ohio State as part of the Kajikawa Classic.