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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Indianapolis, West Texas A&M, Humboldt State and Saint Leo continued their tight grips on the top four spots, while California (Pa.) returned to the top-10 in this week’s NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll, announced by the Association on Wednesday morning.

 

Eight of the previous top-10 programs put forth unblemished weeks with then-No. 5 Arkansas Tech’s 2-2 outing and then-No. 10 St. Mary’s 4-1 mark, allowing for some movement between No. 5 and No. 10. The top-ranked Greyhounds (38-1) swept a pair of Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) doubleheaders on the road and received 12 first-place votes (396 points)

The No. 2 Lady Buffs (44-2) picked up the final four first-place votes (388 points) with a four-game Lone Star Conference (LSC) sweep of East New Mexico, while the third-ranked Jacks (35-3-1) and fourth-ranked Lions (34-1) also swept their respective conference series over the weekend. West Texas A&M’s four league wins clinched the LSC’s regular season title for the third straight season.

Arkansas Tech’s 2-2 Great American Conference split with then No. 23 Southern Arkansas dropped the Golden Suns (38-5) two spots to No. 7, allowing North Alabama (40-5) and North Georgia (43-6) to slide up one spot to No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, following 3-0 and 8-0 weeks.

No. 8 University of Missouri-St. Louis (41-4) and No. 9 California Baptist (34-6) remained in their respective rankings. The Tritons became the third Division II program (UNA & UNG) this week and fourth overall to reach the 40-win plateau with two GLVC sweeps on the road. The Lancers went 4-0, which included taking the first two games of a four-game PacWest showdown at then-No. 13 Dixie State.

Rounding out the top-10 is California (Pa.). The Vulcans (21-1) did not play last week due to weather, but have won 21 straight since dropping their season opener on Feb. 19. St. Mary’s, which was tenth, fell out of the top-10 for the first time this season, coming in at No. 11.

No. 17 Rollins (32-7-1), No. 22 LIU Post (22-7-1) and No. 23 Colorado Mesa (28-7) make their first appearances this season, while No. 24 Lenoir-Rhyne (35-9) returns after falling out on March 16. The 23rd-ranked Mavericks are currently riding a 25-game winning streak, the longest active streak in Division II. Dixie State, No. 16 Young Harris, No. 22 Cameron and No. 25 Southern New Hampshire fell out of the top-25.

The NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches, two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Records reflect games played through April 10.

-- Image courtesy of Humboldt State Sports Information

2016 NFCA Division II Softball Coaches Poll
Regular Season (Week 8) | April 13, 2016

Rank Team Totals 2016 Record Last Poll
1 Indianapolis (12) 396 38-1 1
2 West Texas A&M (4) 388 44-2 2
3 Humboldt State 363 35-3-1 3
4 Saint Leo 354 34-1 4
5 North Alabama 329 40-5 6
6 North Georgia 321 43-6 7
7 Arkansas Tech 300 38-5 5
8 Missouri-St. Louis 295 41-4 8
9 California Baptist 273 34-6 9
10 California (Pa.) 248 21-1 11
11 St. Mary's 220 34-9 10
12 West Chester 206 35-3 15
13 Wayne State (Mich.) 202 29-4 14
14 Armstrong State 175 30-10 17
15 Missouri Western 169 34-10 18
16 West Virginia Wesleyan 144 35-5 19
17 Rollins 132 32-7-1 RV
18 Chico State 127 30-10 24
19 Caldwell 108 18-10 21
20 Southern Arkansas 87 33-6 23
21 Delta State 72 33-12 20
22 LIU Post 56 22-7-1 RV
23 Colorado Mesa 53 28-7 RV
24 Lenoir-Rhyne 46 35-9 RV
25 UAH 35 33-12 12

                                                       

Dropped Out: No. 13 Dixie State, No. 16 Young Harris, No. 22 Cameron, No. 25 Southern New Hampshire

New To Poll: No. 17 Rollins, No. 22 LIU Post, No. 23 Colorado Mesa, No. 24 Lenoir-Rhyne

Receiving Votes: Azusa Pacific (31), Northwest Missouri State (18), Dixie State (17), Cameron (11), Adelphi (8), Grand Valley State (8), Catawba (4), Valdosta State (3), West Florida (1).

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