Tennessee secures No 1 spot in the ESPNcom USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 PreSeason Poll
CITY — A season removed from a runner-up finish at the NCAA Women’s College
World Series (WCWS), the Lady Vols of Tennessee have secured the No. 1 spot in
the pre-season ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll the Amateur
Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today.
Tennessee claimed six of the 20 first place votes in the poll.
here to see the complete listing of the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate 2014
Top 25 Pre-Season Poll.
At the 2013 NCAA WCWS in Oklahoma City, the Lady Vols started 3-0 to earn a
spot in the Championship Series before falling to the Oklahoma Sooners in the
best two out of three series. The Lady Vols seize to top ranking from the No. 2
Sooners, who earned their second National Championship in program history last
year and finished the 2013 season at No. 1. This marks the second year in
a row the Sooners start the season at No. 2 after receiving five first place
votes in this year's pre-season poll.
Florida Gators matched Tennessee’s six first place votes and come in ranked No.
3 to start the year. Michigan, coming off of a 51-13 season a year ago,
falls in at No. 4 and Washington, who received two first place votes, rounds
out the top five.
eight teams that competed in the 2013 NCAA WCWS start the 2014 season in the Top
10. The seventh ranked Arizona State Sun Devils received one first place
vote while Nebraska comes in at No. 9 and Texas at No. 10. Filling out
the remaining spots in the Top 10 are No. 6 Alabama and Oregon at No. 8.
The Southeastern Conference (SEC) leads the way with eight teams ranked in the
pre-season Top 25, while the Pac-12 boasts six squads in the first poll. The
Big 12 is represented by three teams in the pre-season poll and the American
Athletic Conference (AAC), Big 10 and Sun Belt each have two. The Atlantic
Coast Conference (ACC) and Conference USA each have one team among the Top 25.
Of the teams ranked in the pre-season poll, five squads had athletes on the
2013 USA Softball Women’s National Team. Oklahoma is led by Destinee
Martinez (Corona, Calif.) and Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.), who
was a Top 3 Finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year in 2013.
Amber Freeman (Lakewood, Calif.) plays for Arizona State, Cheridan
Hawkins (Anderson, Calif.) for Oregon, Taylor Thom (Cedar Park, Texas) with
Texas and Sara Nevins (Pinellas Park, Fla.) and Kourtney Salvarola (Arnold,
Md.) at South Florida.
ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll is currently in its 12th year.
Starting Feb. 11, regular season polls will be released for 14 consecutive
Tuesdays with the final poll of the season to be released on June 10 following
the NCAA WCWS. The first of 14 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week accolades
will also be announced on Feb. 11 with a new player chosen each Tuesday of the
In addition to conducting the ESPN.com/USA Softball collegiate Top 25 Poll and
the USA Softball Player of the Week, ASA/USA Softball is also in the 13th
season of the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. The Top 50
Watch List for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be announced
Jan. 29 with the Top 25 announced April 9, the Top 10 announced May 7 and the
Top 3 announced May 21. The 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
will be revealed May 27.