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Seminoles Ranked No. 15 in 2014 Preseason NFCA Poll
Head Coach Alameda celebrates a home run with senior Kelly Hensley

Head Coach Alameda celebrates a home run with senior Kelly Hensley

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

Rank,Team,2013 Record,Totals,Final 2013 Rank
1. Tennessee (7) 52-12 729 2
2. Oklahoma (17) 57-4 720 1
3. Washington (1) 45-17 702 4
4. Florida (6) 58-9 684 5
5. Michigan (1) 51-13 652 6
6. Alabama 45-15 604 10
7. Arizona State 50-12 593 7
8. Oregon 50-11 576 9
9. Nebraska 45-16 572 8
10. Texas 51-10 532 3
11. Texas A&M 42-18 383 13
12. Kentucky 41-21 374 14
13. Louisiana Lafayette 47-15 367 12
14. Missouri 38-14 357 11
15. Florida State 44-19 317 15
16. UCLA 40-20 282 21
17. LSU 42-16 269 18
18. Baylor 42-17 244 20
19. Louisville 48-13 235 19
20. South Alabama 48-9 194 17
21. UAB 40-19 181 16
22. Stanford 39-21 164 22
23. Georgia 40-21 149 RV
24. California 38-19 125 23
25. USF 45-16 98 RV

Others Receiving Votes: Hawai'i (86), Arizona (45), Arkansas (28), Hofstra (27), Tulsa (23), Wisconsin (21), N.C. State (16), Auburn (10), Long Beach State (8), Notre Dame (8), Virginia Tech (8), Houston (6), BYU (5), Oregon State (3), North Carolina (2), Western Kentucky (1).

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