CLEARWATER, Fla. – By virtue of a 9-1 start to the 2013 campaign, defending national champion Valdosta State maintains its preseason position at No. 1 in the initial NFCA Division II poll of the regular season.

The Blazers received 14 of 16 possible first-place votes, finishing 29 points ahead of NFCA Division II Leadoff Classic Gold bracket champion Southeastern Oklahoma State (14-3).  The Savage Storm made the largest move in this week’s poll, receiving one first-place vote and jumping all the way from unranked into the No. 2 position.  West Texas A&M (10-1), who went 5-1 at the DII Leadoff Classic before falling in the Gold bracket title game to S.E. Okla. State, 3-2, leapt from among those receiving votes to No. 3 while garnering a single first-place nod.

Five teams dropped out of the poll, opening room for others to make their debut among the Top 25, as previously No. 2-rated UC San Diego (7-7), No. 4 Angelo State (9-5), No. 6 Minnesota State-Mankato (2-4), No. 19 Barry (5-5) and tied-No. 24 Grand Valley State (0-0) all were excluded from the first regular-season listing of 2013.

North Georgia (11-2) climbed eight positions from No. 12 to No. 4, while Cal State Dominiguez Hills (11-3) rose from 11th into the fifth spot to round out this week’s top five.

Tampa (8-1), Indianapolis (5-1), Central Oklahoma (7-3), Rollins (11-1) and Southern Connecticut State (0-0) hold down positions six through 10, respectively.

The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches, two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Current 2013 records are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

To view the complete poll, please visit this link.

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