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West Texas A&M Tops the Final 2014 Regular Season NFCA Division II Poll
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Despite a 5-3 loss to nationally ranked Angelo State in the Lone Star Conference Tournament championship that ended its program-record 24-game winning streak, West Texas A&M (51-5) easily maintained its position at No. 1 in the final NFCA Division II poll of the 2014 regular season.
The Lady Buffs topped the rankings for the 11th consecutive week, receiving 15 of 16 possible first-place votes to lead No. 2 North Georgia (43-9) by a commanding 46 total points. Up two spots in the latest rankings, the Nighthawks remained idle last week after winning the Peach Belt Conference title back on April 19.
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Cal State Monterey Bay (45-9), the California College Athletic Association regular season champions, held steady at No. 3 despite going 1-2 while being eliminated from the CCAA Tournament by Sonoma State. Humboldt State (46-14) advanced two positions to fourth after winning the CCAA Tournament with a victory over UC San Diego and a 2-1 mark against Sonoma State (W 7-5, L 3-6, W 8-6). Tampa also climbed a pair of slots, moving from seventh to fifth despite having been idle since April 18.
The bottom half of the latest top 10 proved to be chaos with four of the five teams making huge positive or negative moves.
In rising from 11th to No. 6 this week, UMSL (45-6) also earned a single first-place vote after rolling to the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament crown. A big win over No. 1 West Texas A&M in the final capped off a successful run through the Lone Star Tournament for Angelo State (39-14), helping the Rambelles advance from No. 10 to seventh.
Alabama-Huntsville (43-9) fell from second to eighth after posting a 4-2 mark at the Gulf South Conference Championship with both of its losses coming at the hands of eventual champion and newly No. 16-rated Valdosta State.
Caldwell (41-7) dropped a single position to No. 9 after going 1-2 at the Central Atlantic College Conference Tournament, while a fifth Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament title helped Winona State (46-7) skyrocket eight slots to round out the top 10.
Former No. 21 West Virginia Wesleyan (41-12) was the lone team to exit this week’s listing, opening the door for the entrance of Shippensburg (34-15) at No. 22.
The 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.