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Valdosta State Closes Out Regular Season On Top Of NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll

Courtesy of VSU Sports Information.STARKVILLE, Miss. – Valdosta State ended the 2012 regular season by topping the NFCA Division II Top 25 poll for the sixth consecutive week, the Association announced on Wednesday.

The Blazers (48-3) received all 16 first-place votes for the third straight week and will enter this weekend’s NCAA regionals as the No. 1 team in the country. After an early exit from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference tournament last weekend by Kutztown (45-4), Central Oklahoma (39-5) leap-frogged the Bears to take over at No. 2, forcing Kutztown down to third. The rest of the top five remained unchanged in the new rankings with Great Lakes Valley champion Indianapolis (49-7) and Sunshine State champion Tampa (36-6) coming in at fourth and fifth, respectively.

For the first time since March 31, 2010, previous No. 24 West Texas A&M (35-18) finished the weekly balloting outside of the Top 25. The Lady Buffs fell in the semi-finals of the Lone Star Conference tournament, thus ending their streak of being ranked in 33 consecutive editions of the poll dating back to April 7, 2010.

Replacing West Texas A&M at 24th in the new poll was UC San Diego (35-19), which returns to the fray after a one-week absence. The defending national champions earned their way back into the rankings by defeating three top 25 teams en route to the program’s first California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament title.

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.

To view the complete poll, click here