Jan. 21, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State softball team kicks off the 2014 season the way it ended its 2013 campaign as the No. 15 team in the country as announced today by National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). The Seminoles will face nine schools that are currently receiving votes.
"So excited for the season to begin," said head coach Lonni Alameda. "Rankings are now out and it is awesome that we are recognized nationally. However, we all know that it is how you finish the season that matters and we are so pumped for our journey ahead. We are thrilled for the opportunity to play so many ranked teams and know that the challenges ahead are something we have been working hard for since September."
The `Noles are the only ACC school ranked in the USA Today/NFCA preseason poll while FSU will take on three top-10 schools in 2014. The season opens against No. 9 Nebraska on February 7 at the Aggie Hotel Encanto Classic hosted by New Mexico State. The Seminoles will also travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the Easton Crimson Classic hosted by No. 6 Alabama from Feb. 28 to March 2. FSU will play No. 4 Florida in Gainesville on April 2 before hosting the Gators in Tallahassee on April 9.
Six other opponents, including ACC foes NC State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and UNC are receiving votes in this year's preseason poll. The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference.
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USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Poll - Preseason -- Jan. 21, 2014