Mountain Lions Picked to Finish Ninth in RMAC Preseason Coaches' Poll
In 2008, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs softball coach Scott Peterson was none too thrilled to be chosen to win the conference in the annual preseason coaches' poll.
That being the case, Peterson will be happier with the 2009 poll.
The Mountain Lions were picked to finish ninth in the 12-team RMAC in the 2009 preseason coaches' poll, the conference announced Tuesday.
"We, more than anybody, know how little a preseason poll means," said Peterson. "We feel as confident as we always do at this time of the year.
"Our goal is the same as it always is to win the RMAC title. You can't win it on January 20."
Colorado School of Mines was the preseason choice to win the conference, while Metro State was picked second and Mesa State was picked third.
UCCS' No. 9 prediction is notable in that only eight teams qualify for the RMAC postseason playoff tournament. The RMAC softball championship will be played at the site of the regular season champion April 30 - May 2, 2009.
Mines and Adams State each had three players selected to the RMAC's preseason all-conference team.
One stunning omission from the preseason all-RMAC team was UCCS junior Jessica Anastos, who transferred from Fort Hays State. As a sophomore with the Tigers, Anastos was a first-team Daktronics all-American after hitting .462 with 13 home runs and 44 RBIs.
"I didn't think she had anything to prove," said Peterson. "She's a first-team, Division II all-American."
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