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Storm crack top 25, debut at No. 22

Storm crack top 25, debut at No. 22

INDIANOLA, Iowa - After spending the last four weeks just outside the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Top 25 Poll, the Simpson softball team landed at No. 22 in the latest rankings, released Wednesday, April 6.

The poll is selected by Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions and reflect results through Sunday, April 3. The current rankings do not reflect Tuesday's losses to Central.

The Storm are 21-6 overall after the Iowa Conference-opening losses to the Dutch, who were ranked No. 20 at the time. Prior to that, Simpson was on a five-game winning streak which included doubleheader sweeps of Iowa Wesleyan and Wis.-La Crosse. Simpson lost to Central 6-5 in game one and 3-1 in game two.

Simpson looks for its first conference win Saturday, April 9 when Dubuque visits Simpson Softball Complex.

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll - April 6, 2016
Rank   Team Record   Previous
1 Texas-Tyler (8) 28-2 1
2 Emory 31-1 2
3 Texas Lutheran 29-2 3
4 Luther 23-1 7
5 Virginia Wesleyan 21-4 8
6 Salisbury 21-4 9
7 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 22-5-1 10
8 Christopher Newport 23-4 10
9 Illinois Wesleyan 13-3 13
10 Berry 24-6 11
11 East Texas Baptist 24-6 5
12 Alma 17-5 15
13 Washington (Mo.) 23-7 6
14 Birmingham-Southern 25-6 16
15 Rowan 17-5 t18
16 St. John Fisher 13-3 12
17 St. Catherine 14-1 t18
18 Messiah 19-2 22
19 Moravian 19-3 21
t20 St. Thomas (Minn.) 15-3 t23
t20 Trine 14-7 14
22 Simpson 21-4 RV
23 Heidelberg 15-5 17
24 Cortland 15-3 RV
25 Wheaton (Ill.) 16-4 NR


Others receiving votes: Manhattanville 11, Worcester Polytechnic 8, Whitworth 7, Central (Iowa) 4, Widener 3, MIT 2.