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Lubbock Christian (TX) Tops NAIA Preseason Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. courtesy NAIA.com – Lubbock Christian (Texas) softball team is the favorite in the 2009 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25 Preseason Poll. The Lady Chaparrals, who won their first national title last year in their inaugural season, received 20 of the possible 23 first place votes and 650 total points. 

LCU returns all but one player from last year’s national championship team. The Lady Chaps will be led by four returning seniors, including infielders Raquel Hawkins, Honda Rodriguez and Ginalee Davis and pitcher/outfielder Kelly Griego. 

Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) earned the other three first place votes and compiled 630 total points. The Sea Lions will return three key players from last season, including seniors Melissa Gomez and Kayla Luttmers and junior Tyler Lent and Jell Schaefer. 

California Baptist received 608 total points at No. 3 while Saint Gregory’s (Okla.) earned 581 total points at No. 4 and Dickinson State (N.D.) compiled 550 total points at No. 5. 

Mobile (Ala.), last year’s national tournament runner-up, received 546 total points for the sixth spot. Oklahoma City (534 points), Simon Fraser (B.C.) (492 points), Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (444 points) and Columbia (Mo.) (438 points) rounded out the top-10. 

The first regular season poll will be released on Tuesday, March 17. 

For the complete 2009 NAIA Preaseason Top 25 Poll, please visit naia.cstv.com