Fort Hays State has cracked the coaches' poll top 25 for the first time since the 1996-97 season. The Lady Tigers are No. 23 in this week's poll, which is the highest national ranking in the program's Division II history.

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FHSU has started the season 6-0 and enter MIAA play next week against Central Missouri.

The only time FHSU entered the rankings prior to this week was for two weeks in 1996-97. The Tigers entered the top 25 on February 10, 1997 at No. 25, then remained in the poll until February 24.

Fort Hays State moving into the rankings gives the MIAA four ranked schools, all of which are in Kansas.

Pittsburg State holds its No. 3 ranking this week after starting the season 4-0, Washburn moved up one spot to No. 12, also at 4-0 overall, and Emporia State remained at No. 20 at 3-1 overall.