Jan. 23, 2007
GREENSBORO, N.C. –
A strong run through the postseason along with a solid core of veterans and talented newcomers was more than enough reason for the ACC softball coaches to pick Florida State second in the preseason poll that was released on Tuesday (January 23) by the league office.
The second place showing by the Seminoles marks the first time in the 10 years that the conference has been conducting a preseason poll that FSU has not been picked to win the league. With 62 points, defending ACC champion NC State was picked ahead of Florida State, who received 53 points.
“I think anytime you’re not picked to finish first it gives you some extra motivation because you always want to end first,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “It’s a very accurate poll, NC State deserves to be No. 1 based on what they did last year and the returning players they have. It’s going to be a challenge for us, but we hope by the end of the year we’ll be ready to over take them.”
Florida State returns six of nine position starters and all three of its pitchers from the 2006 squad that finished the year with a spot in the NCAA Tournament Super Regional. Leading the Seminoles is two-time NFCA All-American Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) and All-Southeast Region shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela).
Virginia Tech was picked third in the poll with 45 points, followed closely behind by North Carolina (40 points), who got the only other first-place vote. Georgia Tech (32 points) edged Maryland by a point, while Virginia (17 points) and Boston College (8 points) rounded out the poll.
The 2007 campaign starts for the Seminoles on February 9 as they play host to the Seminole Classic, February, 9-10. Florida State begins the tournament at 4 p.m. versus Samford then plays crosstown rival Florida A&M immediately after. The tournament continues Saturday with FSU playing Radford at 1:30 p.m. followed by the championship and consolation games.
2007 ACC Preseason Softball Poll
School Points 2006 Record
1. NC State (7) 62 50-21 (14-6)
2. Florida State 53 44-30 (10-10)
3. Virginia Tech 45 39-21 (12-8)
4. North Carolina (1) 40 48-19 (13-7)
5. Georgia Tech 32 48-22 (12-9)
6. Maryland 31 32-27 (7-13)
7. Virginia 17 29-26 (7-13)
8. Boston College 8 22-26 (6-15)