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Feb. 1, 2006

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The University of Virginia softball team has been picked to finish sixth in the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Softball Coaches Poll as voted by the league’s eight head coaches. The Cavaliers totaled 28 points in the poll.

Florida State has been tabbed as the ACC’s top team in 2006. The Seminoles, who were 35-28 overall and 11-6 in the ACC a year ago, received one first-place vote in the ACC Preseason Coaches Poll for a total of 54 points. Georgia Tech received 49 points and three first-place votes to finish second in the poll, while Virginia Tech also garnered three first-place votes and 47 points for third place.

North Carolina is the coaches’ pick for fourth place with 41 points and one first-place vote. NC State tallied 28 points for fifth place and Virginia is sixth with 28 points. Maryland (21 points) and ACC newcomer Boston College (11 points) round out the poll.

Virginia finished the 2005 season with a 31-32 overall record and a 9-8 mark in the ACC. The Cavaliers finished third in the ACC regular season standings last season and were one game away from advancing to the ACC Championship game.

First-year head coach Karen Johns’ Cavaliers open the 2006 season February 17-19 when they compete in the Triangle Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The entire ACC Preseason Softball Coaches Poll follows.

2006 ACC Preseason Softball Coaches Poll1.  Florida State (1)	542.  Georgia Tech (3)	493.  Virginia Tech (3)	474.  North Carolina (1)	415.  N.C. State	        376.  Virginia	        287.  Maryland	        218.  Boston College	11
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