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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

March 21, 2007

Bearcats Receive 9 Votes in NFCA Top 25

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Northwest Missouri State softball received nine votes in the latest installment of the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) Division II Top 25 Poll, announced today. Northwest was ranked in each of the first three 2007 national polls before falling out of the Top 25 today.

Lock Haven (Penn.) earned 192 points and six first-place votes to garner the No. 1 spot for the fourth straight week. MIAA-member Emporia State moved up one spot to No. 6 with a 21-7 record. Northwest trails only Georgia College and State (13) and Florida Tech (13) for teams receiving the most votes outside the Top 25.

The Bearcats went 5-2 last week splitting the conference opening doubleheader at Washburn on March 14. Under first-year head coach Ryan Anderson, the Bearcats stand 10-4 overall.

Northwest is scheduled to play No. 21 Nebraska-Omaha in the home-opener on Thursday, March 22 at 2 p.m. from Bearcat Field.

Northwest in the 2007 NFCA Top 25 poll:
*Jan. 31 (Preseason) - 24th
*March 7 - 22nd
*March 14 - 25th
*March 21 - Received Votes (9)

NFCA Top 25 Poll (March 21):
1. Lock Haven (6)
2. Columbus State (1)
3. Humboldt State
4. Angelo State
5. Florida Gulf Coast (1)
6. Emporia State
7. SIU-Edwardsville
8. Alabama-Huntsville
9. Cal State Stanislaus
10. Lenoir-Rhyne
11. Texas A&M-Kingsville
12. Hawaii-Hilo
13. Valdosta State
14. Caldwell
15. Gannon
16. Francis Marion
17. New Haven
18. Shippensburg
19. NE State (OK)
19. Florida Southern
21. Nebraska-Omaha
22. USC Upstate
23. Lewis
24. St. Edwards's
25. Bloomsburg
Receiving Votes: Georgia College & State (13), Florida Tech (13), Northwest Missouri State (9), Le Moyne (7), Seattle (7), LIU-C.W. Post (6), St. Mary's (Texas) (4).

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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