Next up on our women’s 2014 fall countdown, No. 23 Virginia:
Editor’s note: The rankings are those of our college expert, Julie Williams, as he looked ahead to the collegiate preseason. The official Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings won’t be available until a couple of the weeks into the fall season.
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Preseason rank: 23
Final 2013-14 Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 20
2013-14 in review: Virginia gained momentum as last season wore on, and the highlight of the year came at the ACC Championship, where the Cavs finished runner-up.
Notable departures: Elizabeth Brightwell, Portland Rosen
Key returnees: Lauren Coughlin, Briana Mao, Lauren Diaz-Yi
Newcomers of note: Lyberty Anderson
Circled on fall calendar: Mason Rudolph
Fall outlook: Virginia’s deep roster will set up a healthy amount of inner-squad competition, which should keep the Cavs sharp. The loss of Brightwell and Rosen hurts – both were strong scorers – but the core of Coughlin, Mao and Diaz-Yi remains. Anderson, who won the Virginia Women’s Amateur in July, will be a good addition.