The Luther College softball team is ranked No. 3 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) NCAA III 2013 Top-25 Preseason Poll.

The Norse moved up two places from last year's final poll. Dating back to the 2009 preseason poll, Luther has now been

ranked in the top-25 for 52 consecutive weeks.

The Norse return 11 letter winners from last year's 41-9 squad that finished fifth at the NCAA III National Championships.

Headlining the top returners are junior pitcher Becca

Girvan and senior outfielder Shari Huber.Girvan, the 2012 Iowa Conference pitcher of the year, posted a record of 30-7 and two saves, en route to NFCA first team all-America honors. Huber, who started every game for the Norse in center field and batted .391 from the lead-off slot, was a NFCA third team all-America.

The Norse, who have made three consecutive trips to the NCAA III National Championships, will begin the 2013 season versus UW-Stout Wednesday, Mar. 6. This non-conference double header will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Rochester Dome, Rochester, Minn.