LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A 3-1 week with a pair of victories over Union and a doubleheader split with North Alabama have allowed defending national champion Valdosta State (16-3) to remain at the top of the NFCA Division II softball poll for the third straight week to open 2013.

The Blazers saw their overall lead trimmed, however, receiving 10 of 16 possible first-place votes to lead second-ranked Southeastern Oklahoma State (19-4) by only 10 points.  Both the Savage Storm and No. 3 West Texas A&M (14-1) reaped three first-place nods in the latest ratings.  Indianapolis (14-2) improved its overall winning streak to seven games to rise a pair of spots into fourth, while Cal State Dominguez Hills held steady at No. 5.

Armstrong leapt all the way from 10th to No. 6 this week after posting victories over Mount Olive (7-2, 8 inn.) and Newberry (12-3, 6 inn.), while Rollins (23-2) climbed a single position to seventh despite dropping a game to Nova Southeastern as part of a 4-1 weekly effort. North Georgia (18-5) fell four spots to No. 8 after posting a 2-2 mark with wins over Brevard and Queens Univ. and losses to Lenoir-Rhyne and Wingate. Central Oklahoma held steady in ninth at 12-4 overall, while Colorado School of Mines (17-2-1) continued its rapid rise up the poll, reaching the top 10 for the first time this season at 10th.

Joining the rankings this week from among those previously “receiving votes” are Notre Dame de Namur (10-3) at No. 18, Midwestern State (16-4) at No. 22 and Winona State (8-0) at No. 24.

The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches, two representing each of the eight NCAA regions.

To view the full NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll, please click this link.

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