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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – National champion Southern Indiana is the unanimous No. 1 team in the final 2018 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Screaming Eagles (41-23) collected all 16 first-place votes and 400 points.

Behind a miraculous run through postseason, USI became the first women's program at the school to win a team national title. The Screaming Eagles, under the direction of Sue Kunkle, went 5-0 as the eight-seed at the NCAA Championships, sweeping second-seeded Saint Anselm in the Championship Series. Including a 4-0 sweep through the Great Lakes Valley Tournament, Southern Indiana went 14-1 after the regular season concluded. The sweep gave the Screaming Eagles their first GLVC tournament title.

National runner-up Saint Anselm received all 16 second-place votes. The Hawks (44-13-1) reached the Championship series in their first-ever National Championships appearance. Saint Anselm smashed its single-season win record by 10 as head coach Jill Gagnon was named NE-10 Coach of the Year. The Hawks won their first seven games of the NCAA postseason and finished 8-3 overall. Six of those wins were by one or two runs.

National semifinalists Southern Arkansas (60-11) and Saint Leo (39-18) finished the season ranked No. 3 and No. 4. The final four NCAA Championship participants – North Georgia (62-4), Angelo State (53-9), Chico State (55-6) and West Chester (45-15) – are ranked No. 5 through No. 8, respectively.

No. 9 Texas A&M University-Commerce (42-12) and No. 10 Concordia-Irvine round out the top 10.

Six programs enter the poll this week, including Southern Indiana, Saint Anselm and West Chester. Joining that trio is Super Regional participants – No. 14 Young Harris, No. 23 LIU Post and No. 24 Gannon, all who earn a ranking for the first time in 2018.

The 2018 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regions.

2018 NFCA Division II
Top 25 Coaches Poll – June 6 (Final)

RANK

TEAM

POINTS

RECORD

PREVIOUS

1

Southern Indiana (16)

400

41-23

 

2

Saint Anselm

384

44-13-1

RV

3

Southern Arkansas

354

60-11

8

4

Saint Leo

344

39-18

25

5

North Georgia

340

62-4

1

6

Angelo State

332

53-9

6

7

Chico State

309

55-6

2

8

West Chester

289

45-15

RV

9

Texas A&M-Commerce

259

42-12

13

10

Concordia Irvine

228

46-14

12

11

UAH

223

39-18

16

12

Illinois Springfield

204

40-19

19

13

Dixie State

180

42-10

18

14

Young Harris

172

35-21

 

15

Minnesota Duluth

166

44-16

25

16

Colorado Mesa

159

48-5

3

17

Grand Valley State

126

44-9

9

18

North Alabama

114

46-7

4

19

Winona State

100

45-7

5

20

Tarleton State

92

50-11

17

21

Lenoir-Rhyne

85

45-10

11

22

Palm Beach Atlantic

73

36-8

7

23

LIU Post

65

38-19

 

24

Gannon

64

32-15

RV

25

California Baptist

57

35-12

14

New to Poll: No. 1 Southern Indiana, No. 2 Saint Anselm, No. 8 West Chester, No. 14 Young Harris, No. 23 LIU Post, No. 24 Gannon

Dropped Out: No. 10 West Texas A&M, No. 15 Augustana, No. 20 Georgia College, No. 21 UC San Diego, No. 22 Embry-Riddle, No. 23 West Virginia Wesleyan, No. 24 Adelphi

Receiving Votes: West Texas A&M (25), Augustana (23), Georgia College (14), UC San Diego (14), Adelphi (2), Valdosta State (2), West Virginia Wesleyan (1).

The 2018 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regions.

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