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20070124 Arizona Tops NFCA Poll
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Release: 01/24/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">STARKVILLE</B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">, <st1:State w:st="on">Miss.</st1:State></B></st1:place> ? The defending NCAA Champion Arizona Wildcats will begin the 2007 season where they left off in 2006 ? ranked No. 1 in the NFCA Top 25.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> received 23 of 30 first-place votes to earn top billing entering their 2007 campaign.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcats are followed by <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:place></st1:State>, which at No. 2 in the poll, received seven first-place votes.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">UA is joined by five other Pac-10 teams in the top 10, with a seventh squad from the Conference of Champions coming in at No. 12.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UCLA will enter the year ranked third, with <st1:City w:st="on">Arizona State</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State> State, Stanford and <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State> beginning the season ranked fifth, sixth, eighth and tenth, respectively.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In addition to the 18 contests UA will play against the ranked Pac-10 squads, the Wildcats also have a total of eight dates with No. 4 Northwestern, No. 13 Texas A&amp;M and No. 18 Baylor.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"></SPAN> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">Arizona has now been ranked No. 1 in the NFCA poll for at least part of the season every year since 1991.</SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In years following national championships, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has won five of six Pac-10 titles.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The only year UA failed to defend its national championship by winning the Conference was 2002.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, UA has reached the national title game in each year following a national championship.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> begins its title defense on Feb. 9 in <st1:City w:st="on">Tempe</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State>, against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Ohio</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> as part of the Kajikawa Classic.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Preseason Softball Poll</B><BR><BR>The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by NCAA Division I<BR>head coaches representing each conference. Final 2006 records are shown.<BR>First-place votes are in parenthesis.<BR><BR>Rank, School, 2006 Record, Pts., Pvs.<BR><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">1. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> (23), 54-11, 737, 1</B><BR>2. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:place></st1:State> (7), 61-12, 679, 3<BR>3. UCLA, 50-9, 648, 4<BR>4. Northwestern, 50-15, 647, 2<BR>5. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, 53-15, 594, 6<BR>6. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, 43-16, 579, 8<BR>7. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Alabama</st1:place></st1:State>, 54-11, 485, 7<BR>8. Stanford, 42-18, 481, 12<BR>9. LSU, 55-14, 471, 11<BR>10. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</st1:place></st1:State>, 48-14, 436, 9<BR>11. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Michigan</st1:place></st1:State>, 44-15, 400, 10<BR>12. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>, 35-25, 353, 15<BR>13. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Texas</st1:place></st1:State> A&amp;M, 34-19, 323, 22<BR>14. <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Georgia</st1:place></st1:country-region>, 54-15, 320, 13<BR>15. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Nebraska</st1:place></st1:State>, 44-12, 280, 14<BR>16. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oklahoma</st1:place></st1:State>, 40-21-1, 274, 18<BR>17. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Texas</st1:place></st1:State>, 55-9, 273, 5<BR>18. Baylor, 38-22, 248, 20<BR>19. Louisiana-Lafayette, 50-12, 235, 16<BR>20. <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Louisville</st1:place></st1:City>, 45-11, 211, 17<BR>21. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Fresno</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, 37-19, 198, 23<BR>22. <st1:place w:st="on">South Florida</st1:place>, 50-25, 181, 18<BR>23. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Massachusetts</st1:place></st1:State>, 41-16, 123, 24<BR>24. <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Auburn</st1:place></st1:City>, 36-22, 84, 21<BR>25. Florida State, 44-30, 79, 25<BR><BR>Others Receiving Votes:<BR>NC State 74, Cal State Fullerton 54, San Diego State 49, Florida 47, Georgia<BR>Tech 40, North Carolina 21, Southern Illinois 17, Long Beach State 15,<BR>Florida Atlantic 14, DePaul 12, BYU 11, Notre Dame 10, Hofstra 8, Kansas 5,<BR>Virginia Tech 3.</P>
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