1. Duke: With the past two Players of the Year on their roster (Celine Boutier and Leona Maguire), the Blue Devils are poised for another deep postseason run.
2. USC: Enjoy the most depth of any top-10 team, and the Trojans are motivated after coming up short a year ago.
3. Stanford: Returning all five starters from last year’s NCAA title-winning team, the Cardinal have the confidence and experience to go back to back.
4. UCLA: Junior Bronte Law is a Player of the Year contender, and the Bruins will receive a significant boost from former No. 1-ranked prospect Bethany Wu.
5. Arizona: Lindsey Weaver and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Krystal Quihuis return for a team that reached match play a year ago, and the Wildcats might only get better in the second half with the addition of highly regarded junior Haley Moore.
6. Arkansas: If future LPGA star Gaby Lopez can get some support from the back end of the lineup, the Razorbacks should improve on their two-win season.
7. Arizona State: After a disappointing 2013-14 campaign, the Sun Devils are ready for a big bounce back with junior Monica Vaughn and stud freshman Linnea Strom at the top.
8. South Carolina: Ranked first in the country at one point last season, the Gamecocks flamed out at NCAAs and lost Justine Dreher to graduation. How far they go this season depends on whether Katelyn Dambaugh can take the next step.
9. Alabama: Coming off a disappointing season as a team, the Tide will once again rely heavily on NCAA champion Emma Talley.
10. Baylor: A surprise finalist a year ago, the Bears lost top player Hayley Davis but should still be competitive with Player of the Year candidate Dylan Kim.
KEEP AN EYE ON: LSU, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Texas A&M