Ga. Tech tops preseason ACC poll
Jackets earn seven first-place votes, return five All-ACC players
|1||Georgia Tech (7)||49||51-11|
|3||North Carolina (1)||34||42-20|
Georgia Tech Athletics
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Georgia Tech was picked to win its third consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference title, according to the league’s head coaches. The Yellow Jackets received seven first-place votes and the maximum 49 points. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
The Yellow Jackets return all but one starter from last year’s team which went 51-11 and captured its second consecutive ACC regular-season and tournament title. Tech spent the entire season ranked in the top 25 for the first time in program history. The Jackets hosted their second consecutive NCAA regional at Mewborn Field and were a national seed (No. 8) for the first time ever.
The Jackets lost first-team All-American and USA Softball Player of the Year finalist Jen Yee, but return several key components from last year’s squad including third-team All-American Hope Rush and All-ACC performers Christy Jones, Kristine Priebe, Kelsi Weseman and Kate Kuzma.
The Yellow Jackets will begin the season ranked 17th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball top 25 poll as well as 18th in the USA Today/NFCA top 25 poll. Tech has now been ranked for 22 consecutive NFCA polls, also a program record.
Florida State, which the Jackets have defeated in each of the last two ACC championship games, was picked second in the league while North Carolina came in at third. Rounding out the preseason coaches poll are Virginia, Maryland, NC State, Virginia Tech and Boston College.
The Yellow Jackets will play host the ACC Championship for the first time in school history on May 13-15 at Mewborn Field.