FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - The USA South softball coaches selected Meredith College to finish fifth in the preseason coaches' poll as released Wednesday from the conference office.
Christopher Newport University, the four-time defending regular season champions, was picked to win this year's softball title with 121 points and 11 of 12 first-place votes.
The 2012 conference tournament champion, Ferrum College, finished second in the balloting as the Panthers received the only other first-place vote for 108 points. Methodist University placed third in the poll with 93 points, and Piedmont earned the fourth spot in the poll with 87 points.
LaGrange College, Maryville College and Piedmont College will compete for the first time this spring as new full-members of the conference. All three institutions competed last year in the Great South Athletic Conference.
Meredith opens the season at Virginia Wesleyan February 16.
|2013 USA South Softball Coaches Poll|
|Rank||Institution (1st Place Votes)||Pts.|
|1.||Christopher Newport (11)||121|