May 27, 2008

Saints earn #12 ranking in final Poll of 2008

North Georgia finished just one game shy of College World Series

DAHLONEGA, GA - North Georgia College & State University find themselves ranked #12 in the country in the final NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll of the 2008 season, tying their highest ranking of the year which came after the Saints forced their way into the Championship game of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.

Head Coach Mike Davenport led the Saints Softball team to a record of 39-16 overall, and a Peach Belt Conference mark of 10-8. The Rookie-laden squad made their way to the final game of the PBC Tournament and NCAA South Atlantic Regional before dropping one-run games in both affairs.

North Georgia will likely be moved into next season's Preseason Top 10 ranking with 17 freshman and sophomores on the 2008 team. The Saints will return Sophomore standouts Courtney McGuire who was named Daktronics First Team All-Region, and Laura Voyles who became the schools second NCAA All-American after being named to the NFCA All-American Third Team.

The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by NCAA Division II head coaches representing each of the eight regions. Records shown are through May 17, 2008. First-place votes are in parentheses.

 

NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll #12 (FINAL)
Rank Team Record Pts Pvs
1 Humboldt State (8) 57-18 200 8
2 Emporia State 48-17 192 6
3 Lock Haven 49-8 181 1
4 St. Edward's 53-17 179 22
5 Ferris State 35-18 164 NR
5 Francis Marion 39-16 164 NR
7 Barry 44-8 149 3
8 C.W. Post 48-16 143 9
9 Bloomsburg 51-11 125 10
9 Southeastern Oklahoma 53-12 125 14
11 SIU-Edwardsville 49-11 121 7
12 North Georgia 38-15 103 NR
12 Tampa 35-13 103 24
14 Western Oregon 33-18 100 NR
15 Winona State 38-15 88 NR
16 Caldwell College 35-22 73 23
17 Angelo State 48-12 71 5
18 Kutztown 48-13 66 16
19 St. Leo 37-15 48 19
20 Wayne State (Mich.) 35-18 45 21
21 Minnesota State Mankato 42-16 38 NR
22 Cal State Dominguez Hills 33-25 32 NR
23 Armstrong Atlantic 30-23 27 NR
24 Alabama-Huntsville 52-9 25 2
25 Georgian Court 39-16 24 17