The women’s golf preseason coaches’ poll was released on Wednesday with Duke tabbed No. 3. North Carolina was ranked 15th and N.C. State was 20th.
Defending champion Southern Cal received 26 of 29 first place votes to take the top spot. Alabama was second.
Fourth-place UCLA was follwed by Arizona State, Oklahoma, Arizona, Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Florida to round out the top 10.
Duke: The Blue Devils are ranked 15th in the Division I preseason coaches’ poll. The Blue Devils return five letterwinners from last season’s squad that set a school record with five tournament victories.
Defending NCAA champion Alabama is the No. 1 ranked team in the poll. Three of the five starters from that squad, which won its last six tournaments, return, as Alabama earned 10 of the available 20 first-place votes to claim the top spot in the preseason poll for the second consecutive year.
California is second. The Golden Bears earned nine first-place votes and are led by college player of the year Michael Kim.
Texas claimed the No. 3 spot, earning the remaining first place vote.
ACC schools No. 4 Georgia Tech and No. 13 Florida State were also included in the poll.
ACC Women’s basketball
North Carolina will open its season at home on Nov. 8 against Air Force, as the ACC announced the schedules for all 15 league members.
Duke will face 15 teams that advanced to the NCAA tournament last season and three opponents that reached the Final Four last season. They open against Califnornia on Nov. 10.
N.C. State’s schedule under first-year head coach Wes Moore features 17 home games, games against nine NCAA tournament teams from last season, and six television appearances. The Wolfpack begins its season against Saint Bonaventure on Nov. 8