Valdosta St. retains No. 1 ranking
Indianapolis, Winona State and Flagler join poll for first time
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Valdosta State garnered nine of 16 first-place votes to remain the No. 1 team in the nation in the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 poll released by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Wednesday.
|1||Valdosta St. (9)||390||1|
|2||Angelo St. (4)||383||3|
|3||North Georgia (3)||353||2|
|For the complete NFCA Top 25 poll, click here.|
The Blazers (2-0) held onto the top spot despite being idle on the week. No. 2 Angelo State closed the gap, as it finished just seven points behind Valdosta in the voting this week.
North Georgia (13-2) fell to third in the poll this week after losing its first two games of the season, while Alabama Huntsville (6-0) and Hawaii Pacific (8-2) rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth, respectively.
A trio of unbeaten teams moved into the rankings this week, led by Indianapolis which opened the season with a 6-0 weekend including wins against then-No. 6 Wayne State (Mich.) and No. 19 Arkansas-Monticello. Also joining the fray in the second regular-season edition of the poll was Winona State (4-0) at No. 11 and Flagler (16-0) at No. 22.
Making their respective exits from the poll were last week’s No. 21 Armstrong Atlantic, No. 24 Mesa State and No. 25 Emporia State.