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17th-Ranked Florida State Picked To Finish First In ACC

Feb. 2, 2001

GREENSBORO, N.C.- The No. 17 Seminole softball team (2-0) returned from a season-opening sweep over Georgia Southern to find that they were a unanimous pick by ACC coaches to win their seventh-straight conference title. FSU received all five first place votes and tallied 25 points in the 2001 preseason poll.

“This conference gets tougher and tougher every year and it is a real honor to be thought of so highly by my fellow coaches,” said head coach JoAnne Graf. “We go into every season with the goal of winning the conference but ACC softball continues to get better and better and that makes it much tougher to reach that goal every season.”

The Seminoles won’t open conference play until they head to Georgia Tech March 31, 2001 but the Noles will have plenty of hurdles to clear before they open ACC play. FSU is scheduled to face No. 12 Nebraska, No. 14 Cal State Fullerton and No. 26 Florida Atlantic and could possibly face No. 11 Michigan in the Tallahassee Democrat/Lady Seminole Invitational.

North Carolina finished second in the poll with 18 points after finishing their ACC season with a 6-2 record and a 19-1 mark in Chapel Hill. Virginia, who has been the conference runner-up for the past three seasons, was third in the poll with 14 points. Maryland placed fourth with 11 points and Georgia Tech was fifth with seven points.

FSU returns to action at 6:00 p.m. Friday, February 9 in the Tomahawk Bash at the Seminole Softball Complex. The tournament features cross-town rival FAMU, Florida International and Tennessee-Chattanooga. Tournament action will take place all weekend and is free to the public.

Preseason Softball Coaches Poll

1. Florida State 25

2. North Carolina 18

3. Virginia 14

4. Maryland 11

5. Georgia Tech 7

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