Softball Earns First National Poll Votes in School History
March 1, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – For the first time since the program’s inception in 2006, the University of Memphis softball team earned votes in a nationally-recognized top-25 poll this week.
Memphis earned two votes in the USA Today/NFCA Top-25 poll, joining 25th-ranked Houston as the only Conference USA squads to earn top-25 votes. Two teams the Tigers have beaten this year (No. 16 Stanford and Kentucky) also received votes, as did the team that handed Memphis its first loss of 2011 (DePaul).
“This is a huge step for the softball program,” said head coach Windy Thees. “Ever since we started to build the program from scratch over the past six years, this is where we’ve always wanted to be. It’s all part of the process of being great.”
The Tigers will see another top-25 squad at this weekend’s Mississippi State Bulldog Classic when they take on No. 22 Texas A&M in the opening game of Saturday’s session. Memphis will also play host Mississippi State twice and Mississippi Valley State.
“We want to win conference championships, get into regional play and we want to peak at the right time,” Thees said. “Although being ranked would be nice, we want to continue to build and play up to our potential. If we do that, we’ll have a good season.”