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FSU picked to win ACC softball title

The Florida State softball team was recognized by the ACC on Thursday by placing four student-athletes on the 2021 Preseason All-ACC Team. The Seminoles were also selected to finish first in the league as voted on by the ACC coaches. The Seminoles earned nine of 13 first-place votes.

Caylan Arnold, Dani Morgan, Anna Shelnutt and Sydney Sherrill were among the 14 players selected to the preseason All-ACC team. The Seminoles led all schools with four members, followed by three from Clemson and Virginia Tech and one each from Duke, Notre Dame, NC State and North Carolina.

This marks the third consecutive year that Shelnutt and Sherrill were named to the Preseason All-ACC Team and the second straight year for Arnold and Morgan.

As a team, the Seminoles earned 141 points and nine of the 13 first-place votes in the 2021 Preseason ACC Coaches Poll and have been selected as the preseason favorite in the ACC for the eighth consecutive season. Florida State has won 17 ACC Championships, seven straight regular-season division/conference titles and six consecutive tournament championships.

“The fact we have released preseason rankings brings smiles to many faces not because of the players or teams listed but for the fact that we are one step closer to playing some softball,” said coach Lonni Alameda. “Our conference has been getting better every year and we are proud of being in the ACC. The start is not what we are after. It is the finish that we compete for with two meanings this year — safely and strong. We thank all the people that are part of allowing us to begin this journey as a team, as a conference and as a sport.”

Florida State kicks off the 2021 season ranked No. 12 by USA Softball. The Seminoles begin the season at home on Feb. 11 as the Noles host Florida A&M, Memphis and No. 24 Missouri in the JoAnne Graf Classic. All three games will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.

2021 Preseason All-ACC Softball Team
Hannah Goodwin, Clemson, Fr., INF
DJ Davis, Duke, Sr., INF
Sydney Sherrill, Florida State, Jr., INF
Katie Marino, Notre Dame, Gr., INF
Kelsey Bennett, Virginia Tech, So., INF
Marissa Guimbarda, Clemson, Jr., OF
Dani Morgan, Florida State, Sr., OF
Taty Forbes, NC State, Sr., OF
Jayme Bailey, Virginia Tech, So., OF
Caylan Arnold, Florida State, Sr., P
Brittany Pickett, North Carolina, Sr., P
Keely Rochard, Virginia Tech, Jr., P
Anna Shelnutt, Florida State, Sr., C
Valerie Cagle, Clemson, Fr., UT

2021 ACC Softball Preseason Coaches Poll

  1. Florida State (141 points, nine first-place votes)
  2. Virginia Tech (136 points, four first-place votes)
  3. Notre Dame (114 points)
  4. Duke (99 points)
  5. North Carolina (96 points)
  6. Clemson (88 points)
  7. Louisville (81 points)
  8. NC State (78 points)
  9. Georgia Tech (61 points)
  10. Syracuse (39 points)
  11. Pitt (31 points)
  12. Virginia (28 points)
  13. Boston College (22 points)