Tennessee continues dominance
No. 1 Tennessee continues dominance in ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25
Oklahoma City---The Tennessee Lady Volunteers (39-2) continue their run as the No. 1 team in the country for an eighth consecutive week in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25
Poll after posting a perfect 6-0 record last week against non-conference opponents announced today by the Amateur Softball Association. If Tennessee can hold on to the top spot the next two weeks it will match Arizona (2004) and Michigan (2005) who held the No. 1 ranking for 10 consecutive weeks – the longest in poll history.
Oklahoma (38-4) moved up one spot to No. 2 this week after splitting their conference series with Texas A&M (29-5), who dropped to No. 4 with a loss at rival Texas (26-9) and a split at Oklahoma. Alabama (35-4) climbed back to No. 3 with a series win over Georgia.
Arizona (26-8) dropped to No. 6 this week after splitting its weekend series at UCLA (25-9). This marks the first time in the history of the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll that a team from the Pac 10 is not represented in the top five and only the third time since 2003 that the Wildcats are not among the top five.
Despite knocking off rival Texas A&M at home in a midweek contest, the Texas Longhorns stumbled at Missouri and were swept in a two game series. The miscue dropped Texas three spots to No. 13 in this week’s poll.
After a five week hiatus from the top 25 rankings, Fresno State (29-12) worked its way back into the poll with a three-game conference sweep of Utah State. The Bulldogs have won seven of their last eight games.
Florida (28-16) dropped out of the top 25 after losing two of their three games this past week at Ole Miss.
The Southeastern Conference continues to dominate the top 10 with five teams ranked in the top five this week. The Pac 10 also has three teams in the top 10 while the Big 10 and Big 12 have two representatives each.
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