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KANSAS CITY, Mo.— For the seventh-straight time, Oklahoma City ranks No. 1 in the 2016 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll, announced by the national office. The Stars are the unanimous No. 1 after they won their ninth overall national championship on June 2 after a 5-0 victory against Saint Xavier (Ill.).

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• Oklahoma City boasts its seventh-consecutive No. 1 ranking as it tallied 529 total points and all 19 first-place votes.
• The Stars earned their NAIA-record ninth all-time World Series championship on June 2 against Saint Xavier (Ill.). Oklahoma City won the title coming out of the elimination bracket, which meant the squad had to win back-to-back games on June 2 over the Cougars.
• In the 36-year history of the NAIA World Series, that marked only the fourth time and first since 2008 that a team emerged from the elimination bracket and captured the red banner. 
• National runner-up St. Xavier claims 512 points and the No. 2 postseason ranking. The Cougars advanced to its first-ever national championship contest.
• The newcomers in this edition are: No. 7 Williams Baptist (Ark.), No. 11 Webber International (Fla.) and No. 22 Oregon Tech. Both Williams Baptist and Oregon Tech posted a Top 25 ranking earlier this year. Webber International lands its first posting this season.
• Oklahoma City leads all active schools with 121-straight rankings, falling no lower than 18th during that stretch, which goes back to the start of the 2004 season. William Carey (Miss.) is second with 84-consecutive mentions. Next in line for consecutive streaks is Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) at 50-straight; St. Gregory’s (Okla.) at 48 and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at 45.
• Former member California Baptist tops the charts of most all-time No. 1 mentions with 46. Oklahoma City is second all-time with 35, followed by former member Concordia (Calif.) with 24, former member Simon Fraser (B.C.) with 18 and Thomas (Ga.) with 13.
• Through all 10 polls this year, there have been 41 different ranked teams.
• Thirteen teams have held a ranking each week.Poll Methodology
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• For the complete calendar of 2016 Top 25 Polls, click herehere.2016 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll – June 8

-- Courtesy of Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications and Sports Information

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2016 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Oklahoma City (19) 67-3 529
2 5 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 46-10-1 512
3 2 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 55-7 484
4 T10 Southeastern (Fla.) 44-16 483
5 3 St. Gregory's (Okla.) 49-7 466
6 7 Simpson (Calif.) 43-7 407
7 RV Williams Baptist (Ark.) 40-21 404
8 17 Marian (Ind.) 48-11 392
9 4 Campbellsville (Ky.) 49-10 381
10 15 Morningside (Iowa) 47-10 377
11 RV Webber International (Fla.) 31-16 365
12 8 William Carey (Miss.) 38-17 348
12 6 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 47-14 348
14 T10 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 47-17 306
15 13 Georgia Gwinnett 44-19 297
16 12 Davenport (Mich.) 39-12 261
17 20 Houston-Victoria (Texas) 38-15 236
18 14 Reinhardt (Ga.) 41-12 234
19 19 Central Methodist (Mo.) 43-18 216
20 16 Dickinson State (N.D.) 46-12 207
21 9 LSU Alexandria 47-12 191
22 RV Oregon Tech 30-22 165
23 24 Park (Mo.) 32-17-1 139
24 18 Arizona Christian 37-16-1 110
25 22 Rio Grande (Ohio) 41-9 108

Dropped from rankings: No. 21 Southern Oregon; No. 23 Grand View (Iowa), No. 25 Friends (Kan.).

Others Receiving Votes: Grand View (Iowa) 106; Southern Oregon 83; Indiana Wesleyan 78; Friends (Kan.) 68; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 50; Great Falls (Mont.) 26; Doane (Neb.) 21; Huntington (Ind.) 14; Brenau (Ga.) 11; Valley City State (N.D.) 8; USC Beaufort (S.C.) 5; Indiana Southeast 4; Science & Arts (Okla.) 4.

 

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