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Softball - Tue, Jan. 27, 2009
MONTREAT, NC (January 26, 2009) --  The Appalachian Athletic Conference released the pre-season poll for softball on Friday.  Milligan College edges two other AAC schools in the coaches pre-season poll with 66 points and four first place votes to lead the poll over UVA-Wise and Union Colleges.
 
Tennessee Wesleyan was in fourth with 48 points.
UVA-Wise had 65 points with 3 first place votes and Union 64 points and two first place votes.
 
Montreat was picked eighth, which is the same position they finished in the 2008 regular season (4-12 AAC and 12-34 overall).  The Lady Cavs had a strong performance in the AAC tournament winning four games to make it to the semifinals where they lost to Milligan College.
 
First-year Montreat head softball coach, Lee Swanson is optimisitic about the Lady Cavaliers' 2009 season despite the 8th selection in the pre-season poll.  "Hopefully our players will use this as amotivating factor with the season just about to begin. We have worked extremely hard as a team and and all of us have set our goals considerably higher."
 
Senior catcher Mandi Pike is not too worried about the pre-season pick.  The conference sees us losing four good pitchers and having a disappointing 2008 season, so we as a team are not suprised by the selection.  As a team, we are not focused on how we are ranked at the beginning of the season, but where we'll finish. We've got the team to surprise a lot of people.
 

 
School Points
Milligan(4) 66
UVA-Wise(3) 65
Union(2) 64
Tennessee Wesleyan 48
King 40
Covenant 37
Virginia Intermont 35
Montreat 24
Bluefield 17
 
 
 
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