TENNESSEE RETURNS TO UNANIMOUS NO. 1 IN THE ESPN.COM/USA SOFTBALL RANKINGS

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – After a one-week respite, the Tennessee Lady Vol softball team (53-4, 23-4 SEC) has returned to its lofty position as the nation’s unanimous No. 1 team according to the latest release of the ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings on Tuesday afternoon. The Big Orange swept previously top-ranked Alabama (50-6) in a high-profile doubleheader last Sunday at Tyson Park, 9-2 & 4-0, to pick up the school’s first Southeastern Conference regular-season softball title and return to the No. 1 slot.

With its 12th top ranking of the campaign, the Lady Vols have held down No. 1 for more weeks in a single campaign than any team in the history of the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. Michigan’s 2005 national championship squad spent 10 weeks in the No. 1 position.

Despite seeing no action during the past week, the Oklahoma Sooners (49-6) advanced up a spot to No. 2, while last week’s No. 1 team Alabama plummeted into a tie for third alongside defending national champion Arizona (38-10-1). Baylor (45-12) bested then-No. 23 Texas (5-2) and then-No. 6 Texas A&M (5-4, 10 inn.) to advance into the top five for the first time during the 2007 campaign.

A tough weekend that brought a pair of losses in Athens, Ga., to the Georgia Bulldogs helped LSU (49-10) drop from No. 4 to No. 6 in this week’s listing. Northwestern (43-10), Texas A&M (39-9), Arizona State (47-14) and Michigan (42-10) round out the new top 10.

The SEC regular-season champion and top-seeded Tennessee Lady Vols will open defense of their 2006 SEC Tournament title in Auburn, Ala., on Thursday, May 10, against eight-seeded Ole Miss at 8:30 p.m. ET. Live stats will be available through utladyvols.com, and periodic updates will be provided to the Lady Vol Hotline (865) 974-8700 (Box #6).

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll

May 8 – Week of April 30- May 6

Rank
Team
Record
Points
PVS

1.
Tennessee (20)
53-4
500
2

2.
Oklahoma
49-6
469
3

T3.
Arizona
38-10-1
453
5

T3.
Alabama
50-6
453
1

5
Baylor
45-12
397
7

6
LSU
49-10
390
4

7.
Northwestern
43-10
382
8

8.
Texas A&M
39-9
375
6

9.
Arizona State
47-14
337
9

10
Michigan
42-10
319
10

11.
Washington
34-14
275
13

12.
DePaul
40-10
269
11

13.
Hawaii
45-9
257
14

14.
UCLA
34-15
255
12

15.
Virginia Tech
44-14
209
17

16.
Stanford
32-16-1
207
15

17.
Georgia Tech
49-13
160
19

18.
Missouri
37-21
151
18

19.
Oregon State
36-21
143
16

20.
Oregon
40-16
111
20

21.
Illinois State
42-14-1
60
22

22.
Southern Illinois
38-13
54
21

23.
Texas
33-17
49
23

24.
ULL
46-14
42
24

T25.
Florida
44-19
41
RV

T25.
Fresno State
42-16
41
RV


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