March 17, 2009
Kansas City, Mo. - In the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' first top 25 softball poll, the Shorter College Lady Hawks have moved up three spots from their preseason ranking into the #12 spot. Additionally, the Lady Hawks were rated first in the Southern States Athletic Conference.
Last week, Shorter went 6-2, taking wins over 14th-ranked William Woods and receiving-votes Oklahoma Christian, as well as their first two conference wins over Southern Wesleyan University. The Lady Hawks are the reigning SSAC regular season and tournament champions, and have advanced to the NAIA National Tournament for two consecutive seasons.
The Lady Hawks are currently 13-7 on the season (2-0 SSAC).
From the NAIA:
Lubbock Christian (Texas) ranked No. 1 in the first National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Softball Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The Lady Chaparrals earned all 21 possible first place votes and 591 points.
California Baptist moved up a spot from the preseason poll to No. 2 with 572 points while Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) dropped to No. 3 with 546 points. Oklahoma City climbed to No. 4 from No. 7 with 540 points and Dickinson State (N.D.) remained at No. 5 with 501 points.
William Carey (Miss.) (497 points) moved up seven spots to No. 6 while Simon Fraser (B.C.) (452 points) climbed one spot to No. 7. Saint Gregory's (Okla.) received 444 points at No. 8 and dropped four spots from the preseason poll. No. 9 Bethel (Ind.) also moved up from No. 12 with 420 points and No. 10 Mobile (Ala.) rounded out the top-10 with 419 points.
No. 11 Concordia (Calif.), No. 15 Concordia (Ore.), No. 16 Brenau (Ga.) and No. 20 Madonna (Mich.) all moved into the top-25 this week after receiving votes in the preseason poll. No. 14 William Woods (Mo.), No. 24 Grand View (Iowa) and No. 25 Evangel (Mo.) all made their debut after not receiving any votes in the preseason.
The second regular season poll will be released on Tuesday, March 24.
For the complete poll, click here.