Pfeiffer & Maryville Picked as USA South Softball Favorites

Pfeiffer & Maryville Picked as USA South Softball Favorites

The USA South Athletic Conference's softball coaches have released their 2019 preseason polls. Each divisional preseason poll only includes votes from coaches within that particular division-only. Head coaches do not vote for their own teams in the balloting. 

Pfeiffer University, under the direction of Head Coach Monte Sherrill was picked to be the East Division favorite. The Falcons received 63 total points and seven place votes. Defending East Division regular season champion, Salem College, placed second in the rankings with 50 points and one first place vote. N.C. Wesleyan College came in third with 47 points, followed by Meredith College who grabbed 42 points and the final first place vote.

Maryville College, under the direction of Head Coach Leah Kelley, are the defending USA South West Division and Tournament Champions and were picked to capture the West Division title. The Scots received 64 total points and eight first place votes. Placing second in the poll with 57 points and the final first place vote was Piedmont College. Covenant College followed in third place with 46 points while Huntingdon College was close behind with 45 points in fourth.

The USA South welcomed Brevard College and Pfeiffer University last season. These two institutions are currently reclassifying from NCAA Division II status but this year are included in the preseason poll and eligible for regular season championship honors. Brevard and Pfeiffer still will not be eligible for USA South or NCAA Tournament play until full DIII membership is established. 

The 2019 USA South Softball Tournament will feature the top-six teams from each division and begin April 19-20. The top-three seeds from each division will host best-of-three series. The winners of those series will advance to a six-team double-elimination tournament which will be played April 26-28 at the Shuford Softball Complex in LaGrange, Georgia as a part of the USA South Spring Sports Festival, hosted by the City of LaGrange and Troup County.

2019 USA South Softball Coaches Preseason Poll
East Division
Rank Institution (1st Place Votes) Pts.
1. Pfeiffer* (7) 63
2. Salem^ (1) 50 
3. N.C. Wesleyan  47 
4. Meredith (1) 42 
5. Averett 41 
t-6. Greensboro 29 
t-6. William Peace  29 
8. Methodist  15 
9. Mary Baldwin
*Ineligible for USA South Tournament (Div. III Reclassifying Member)
^Defending Regular Season Divisional Champion
2019 USA South Softball Coaches Preseason Poll
West Division
Rank Institution (1st Place Votes) Pts.
1. Maryville^# (8) 64 
2. Piedmont (1) 57 
3. Covenant 46 
4. Huntingdon 45 
5. LaGrange  38 
6. Wesleyan  25 
7. Brevard* 24 
8. Berea 17 
9. Agnes Scott 8
*Ineligible for USA South Tournament (Div. III Reclassifying Member)
^Defending Regular Season Divisional Champion
#Defending Tournament Champion