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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – West Texas A&M captured the 2021 NCAA Division II national championship and was voted the unanimous No. 1 in the final NFCA DII Top 25 Coaches Poll.  The Lady Buffs (43-12), who won their programs second national title, received all 16 first-place votes and 800 points.

The top eight spots were filled by each of the NCAA Division II’s region champions.

West Texas A&M, the South Central Region champions, posted an 8-2 mark during its NCAA postseason run. After sweeping through the Lone Star Conference (LSC) tournament, the Lady Buffs defeated three more LSC opponents in Regionals. It included a win over No. 1 seed Oklahoma Christian and a victory in the winner-take-all game versus host A&M Commerce. 

At the national tournament, the Lady Buffs went 3-0 during bracket play, defeating the top three seeds – Augustana, Saint Anselm and Grand Valley State – to reach the Championship Series. After dropping the opener to Biola, West Texas A&M trumped the Eagles 7-4 and 4-1 to raise the trophy.

Second-ranked Biola, playing in its first NCAA postseason, came out of the West Region. In the Regional, Biola defeated Northwest Nazarene and Hawai’i Hilo, and after dropping a one-run affair to host Concordia Irvine, rebounded with a 2-1 win in the winner-take-all matchup.

Like the Lady Buffs, the Eagles swept through bracket play. However they enjoyed shutouts against No. 1 overall seed Augustana and No. 4 seed North Georgia twice. The momentum continued with a shutout in game one of the Championship Series before falling to WT.

Defending national champion Augustana and seven-time Peach Belt Conference titlist North Georgia reached the national semifinals and ranked third and fourth. The Vikings (49-8) swept the Central Regional with one-run wins over Southern Arkansas and Minnesota State, followed by a 7-0 triumph over the Mavericks.

The NightHawks (43-8) took a different route to the national championship, battling out of the elimination bracket on their home turf. After dropping game two of the regionals to Lincoln Memorial, UNG posted wins over Young Harris and two on the final day over the Railsplitters.

No. 5 Grand Valley State (45-10), out of the Midwest Region, needed to win the if-game over Indianapolis, while the Blazers claimed three elimination-game victories, two on the final day against West Florida, to come out as the South Region champs.

No. 7 Saint Anselm and No. 8 West Chester won the East and Atlantic Regions. The Hawks (33-7) were forced to an if-necessary game by top-seed Georgian Court, while the Rams (34-16), as the No. 3 seed, swept through the Regional with wins over Claflin, Shepherd, West Liberty and East Stroudsburg.

Atlantic Regional finalist East Stroudsburg (29-16) earned its first-ever NFCA national ranking at No. 24.

The 2021 NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Records reflect games played through June 1. In 2021, universities that did not compete were not eligible for the poll.  

 

2021 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll
June 9 (Final)

Rank

School

Points

2021 Record

Last Poll

1

West Texas A&M (16)

400

43-12

12

2

Biola

384

26-16

24

3

Augustana

366

49-8

1

4

North Georgia

354

43-8

2

5

Grand Valley State

328

45-10

13

6

Valdosta State

310

38-11

9

7

Saint Anselm

305

33-7

18

8

West Chester University

267

34-16

 

9

Texas A&M-Commerce

263

33-18

10

10

Lincoln Memorial

259

38-8

5

11

Indianapolis

248

46-8

7

12

Concordia Irvine

206

34-13

11

13

Minnesota State

197

40-10

17

14

Oklahoma Christian

191

38-9

4

15

West Florida

175

33-16

RV

16

Young Harris

148

34-12

8

17

UT Tyler

142

33-7

6

18

Southern Arkansas

122

29-10

19

19

Georgian Court

117

38-6

22

20

Rollins

111

21-4

21

21

Auburn Montgomery

80

40-7

3

22

Central Oklahoma

63

36-14

14

23

Colorado Mesa 

56

39-5

15

24

East Stroudsburg

46

29-16

 

25

UAH

27

32-14

16

New to Poll: No. 8 West Chester, No. 15 West Florida, No. 24 East Stroudsburg.

Dropped Out: No. 20 Angelo State, No. 23 Winona State, No. 25 Kutztown.

Receiving Votes: Angelo State (10), Central Missouri (9), Western Washington (9), Northwest Nazarene (3), Texas A&M University-Kingsville (2), Rogers State (1), West Liberty (1).

The 2021 NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Records reflect games played through June 1. In 2021, universities that did not compete were not eligible for the poll.  

2021 NFCA DII Top 25 Committee

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