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Cougars Earn Votes in National Rankings

Coach Sandy Montgomery
Sandy Montgomery
March 10, 2009


         EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- It hasn't taken long for someone to notice the good start for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville softball.
         SIUE, 15-5 after wins Tuesday over Bryant and Penn, has received votes in two NCAA Division I softball polls this week. The polls are run by ESPN.com/USA Softball and UtlimateCollegeSoftball.com.
         The Cougars, coached by Sandy Montgomery, collected their first wins against nationally-ranked teams last week, defeating now-No. 16/16 Missouri and No. 23/25 Southern Illinois Carbondale.
         Florida earned the No. 1 spot in both polls.
ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25
March 10 - March 2-8

Rank Team               Record  Points   PVS
1.   Florida (13)        22-2     488      2
T2.  Alabama (2)         17-2     469      4
T2.  Washington (4)      20-2     469      1
4.   UCLA                23-3     445      3
5.   Stanford (1)        24-1     427      6
6.   Tennessee           20-3     365      7
7.   Georgia             15-2     345     12
8.   Oklahoma            17-6     338      5
9.   California          17-4     336      9
10.  Michigan            16-6     329      8
11.  Arizona State       21-4     328     10
12.  Northwestern        12-7     272     17
13.  Arizona             21-5     266     11
14.  Massachusetts        8-4     215     14
15.  North Carolina      18-3     207     15
16.  Missouri            18-3     202     13
17.  Ohio State          15-3     197     16
18.  Louisville          18-2     170     20
19.  ULL                 11-2     144     18
20.  DePaul               9-4     117     19
21.  Fresno State        11-8      66     21
22.  LSU                 14-5      64     22
23.  Southern Illinois   15-3      56     23
24.  Florida State       16-4      54     25
25.  Texas A&M           18-9      41     RV
Parenthesis Denotes first place votes.

Others receiving votes: Baylor (19), Cal Poly (13),
Nevada (12), Auburn (11), Iowa (10), Georgia Tech (6),
Tulsa (6), Houston (5), Oklahoma State (3), Texas (3),
New Mexico State (1), Southern Illinois Edwardsville (1)

Ultimate College Softball Top 25
POS TEAM                RECORD POINTS LW
 1  Florida (12)         22-2   439   2
 2  Alabama (2)          16-2   428   3
 3  Washington (4)       20-2   424   1
 4  Stanford             24-1   386   6
 5  UCLA                 22-3   383   4
 6  Tennessee            20-3   326   7
 7  Arizona State        21-4   317   8
 8  Oklahoma             17-6   305   5
 9  California           17-4   288   9
10  Georgia              15-2   266  15
11  Michigan             16-6   254  10
12  North Carolina       18-3   250  12
13  Ohio State           15-3   227  14
14  Arizona              21-5   217  13
15  Northwestern         13-7   216  19
16  Missouri             18-3   204  11
17  Louisville           18-2   184  18
18  Massachusetts         8-4   160  17
19  La-Lafayette         11-2   157  16
20  DePaul                9-4    91  20
21  Florida State        16-4    78  22
22  Iowa                 16-4    45  28
23  Florida Gulf Coast   25-4    43  31
24  Fresno State         11-8    28  21
25  Southern Illinois    16-3    26  24
Others: Oklahoma State (17-4) 22, LSU (15-5) 21,
Nevada (16-9) 15, Cal Poly-SLO (14-6) 14,
Auburn (20-6) 11, Baylor (18-8) 10, Georgia
Tech (13-6) 4, Texas A&M (18-9) 4,
SIU Edwardsville (13-5) 3, Long Island (5-7) 1,
Purdue (11-5) 1, Nebraska (11-4) 1, Texas (15-5) 1

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