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.

NFCA Coaches Poll
Rank School Points Previous
1 Valdosta St. (9) 390 1
2 Angelo St. (4) 383 3
3 North Georgia (3) 353 2
4 Ala.-Huntsville 319 9
5 Hawaii Pacific 311 4
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.