Tigers Picked Fifth by GPAC Coaches
The release of the 2011 Preseason Softball Coaches' Poll found Doane with 80 points and a fifth place prediction. The Tigers return a number of players from last year including Second Team All-GPAC selection Brooke Sampson and honorable mention selection Christy Kobza.
Morningside College, champions of both the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) regular season and post season titles in 2010, is the coaches' choice to win the 2011 GPAC softball title. The Mustangs totaled 121 points and eleven first place votes in the preseason poll.
Morningside posted a 40-9 record last spring and made their third consecutive appearance at the NAIA National Tournament. Nebraska Wesleyan is picked second with 107 points while the final first place vote went to Midland, runner-up of the GPAC Tournament last spring. The Warriors are picked third in the balloting with 95 points.
The GPAC softball season will consist of 22 games (11 doubleheaders) and conclude with the GPAC Postseason Tournament on May 5-7 at the SYA Complex in Sioux City, Iowa (Riverside).
Points were assigned on an 11-1 basis and coaches' could not vote for their own team.
Here is the complete GPAC Softball 2011 preseason coaches' poll:
Team - Points (First Place Votes)
Morningside - 121 (11)
Nebraska Wesleyan - 107
Midland - 95 (1)
Hastings - 85
Doane - 80
Concordia - 72
Dordt - 71
Briar Cliff -48
Northwestern - 38
Dakota Wesleyan - 32
Sioux Falls - 29
Mount Marty - 14