UHV softball team breaks into Top 10

The University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars softball team broke into the Top 10 of the NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll on Tuesday.

It is the first time for a Jaguars softball team to be ranked in the top 10 in the four short years of the program.

The Jaguars (26-12) moved up two spots from last week’s No. 12 ranking as they recorded 421 points in this week’s voting. Brenau University (Ga.) was in at No. 9 with 457 points, having fallen four spots from No. 5. Lubbock Christian University is right behind UHV at No. 11 with 397 points.

California Baptist University (48-2) again received all 22 first-place votes to remain at the top spot for the 20th straight time with 622 points. William Carey (Miss.) also remained at No. 2 with 602 points, while California State University-San Marcos, one of the Jaguars’ conference foes, moved from No. 4 to no. 3 with 572 points.

Central Baptist College (Ark.), another foe of the Jaguars, moved from No. 6 to No. 5.

UHV, CSUSM and CBC will all participate in the Association of Independent Institutions Conference Tournament set for May 5-7 with Cal State-San Marcos playing host to the event. Also in the tournament field will be Patten University, Simon Fraser and the University of British Columbia.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Ashley Walyuchow