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1/27/09

Lady Chaps Debut at #1 in NAIA Preseason Poll

The Lubbock Christian 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.  It is the second time LCU has earned the top ranking.  They earned the nation's top spot last season in the NAIA's second in-season rating, which was released on March 26th.

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.

2009 NAIA Softball Preseason Top 25 Poll - Jan. 27

RANK

2008 FINALRANK

SCHOOL

1ST PLACE VOTES

TOTAL POINTS

1

9

Lubbock Christian (Texas)

20

650

2

2

Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)

3

630

3

1

California Baptist

 

608

4

6

Saint Gregory's (Okla.)

 

581

5

8

Dickinson State (N.D.)

 

550

6

4

Mobile (Ala.)

 

546

7

3

Oklahoma City

 

534

8

14

Simon Fraser (B.C.)

 

492

9

10

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

 

444

10

12

Columbia (Mo.)

 

438

11

24

Lee (Tenn.)

 

431

12

13

Bethel (Ind.)

 

429

13

11

William Carey (Miss.)

 

409

14

15

Houston - Victoria (TX)

 

366

15

7

Shorter (Ga.)

 

344

16

17

Martin Methodist (Tenn.)

 

334

17

20

Oregon Tech

 

318

18

16

Warner (Fla.)

 

301

19

18

SCAD (Ga.)

 

232

20

19

Biola (Calif.)

 

187

21

22

California State-San Marcos

 

178

22

23

Georgetown (Ky.)

 

166

23

RV

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)

 

160

24

RV

Central Methodist (Mo.)

 

153

25

NR

William Penn (Iowa)

 

106

Others receiving votes: Walsh (Ohio) 98; Bellevue (Neb.) 83; Concordia (Ore.) 73; Morningside (Iowa) 64; Indiana Southeast 63; Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) 60; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 57; Brenau (Ga.) 41; William Woods (Mo.) 40; Oklahoma Christian 34; College of Idaho 21; Madonna (Mich.) 18; Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 13; Evangel (Mo.) 11; Bacone (Okla.) 8; Grand View (Iowa) 7; Faulkner (Ala.) 6; Concordia (Calif.) 4; Milligan (Tenn.) 3; Belhaven (Miss.) 3; Minot State (N.D.) 1; Aquinas (Mich.) 1; St. Francis (Ill.) 1; Park (Mo.) 1; Lindenwood (Mo.) 1; Friends (Kan.) 1; Ohio Dominican 1; Campbellsville (Ky.) 1; Notre Dame (Ohio) 1; Northwood (Texas) 1.

Source; LCU

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