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Feb. 9, 2005

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The University of Virginia softball team has been picked to finish fourth in the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Softball Coaches Poll as voted by the league’s seven head coaches. The Cavaliers totaled 23 points in the poll.

Florida State has been tabbed as the ACC’s top team in 2005. The Seminoles, who were 62-12 overall and 9-1 in the ACC a year ago, received all seven first-place votes in the ACC Preseason Coaches Poll for a total of 49 points. Georgia Tech received 40 points to finish second in the poll, while North Carolina is third with 35 points. Georgia Tech finished the 2004 season with a 47-19 record and the Tar Heels were 44-22 last season. UVa is fourth in the poll with 23 points. NC State is picked to finish fifth with 18 points, while Maryland is sixth with 16 points and Virginia Tech rounds out the poll in seventh place with 15 points.

Virginia finished the 2005 season with a 38-26 overall record and a 6-4 mark in the ACC. UVa tied for second with North Carolina in the ACC regular season standings.

Eighth-year head coach Cheryl Sprangel’s Cavaliers open the 2005 season February 11-13 at the UNC Triangle Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The entire ACC Preseason Softball Coaches Poll follows.

2005 ACC Preseason Softball Coaches Poll

1. Florida State   492. Georgia Tech    403. North Carolina  354. Virginia        235. N.C. State      186. Maryland        167. Virginia Tech   15
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