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DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia softball team dropped five spots in the latest NFCA Division II National Poll and check in at No. 8 in the country according the Top 25 ranking released on Wednesday morning.
For the first time in 1,113 days, the Saints drop out of the top five teams in the country, dating back to a No. 5 ranking on March 11, 2009 during the program's first of three straight runs to the Division II College World Series.
Valdosta State (25-2) received 11 of 16 first place votes this week to take over the poll's top spot for the first time since Feb. 23, 2011. Indianapolis (26-1) jumped up two spots to second, while Winona State (23-2) also moved up two places to third.
Barry (28-5) went from sixth to fourth in the latest poll, while previous No. 1 Angelo State (26-5) fell to fifth. Indianapolis and Angelo State each received two first-place votes this week, while ninth-ranked Cal State Dominguez Hills (31-6) received one.
After just one week in the rankings, previous No. 25 California (Pa.) was the only team to fall out of the rankings this week. After sweeping a doubleheader with then ninth-ranked Missouri Western State (25-6), Emporia State (19-7) joined the poll for the first time this season at No. 25.
North Georgia is one of three teams from the Peach Belt Conference to appear in the national poll, as Armstrong Atlantic rounds out the top 10, while Augusta State moved up five spots and are now the No. 15 team in the country.
The three teams from the PBC are the only institutions from the Southeast Region to appear in the national poll, as the regular season is less than three weeks away from conclusion. Lenoir-Rhyne, Flagler and Columbus State are all receiving votes but currently find themselves on the outside looking in.
North Georgia (31-7) returns to action this weekend as they play host to Francis Marion Saturday afternoon in a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader.
The Saints will turn around on Sunday afternoon and welcome USC Aiken to town as head coach Mike Davenport's squad will enter a stretch of 10 straight conference home games in 11 days.