College Women

Women's fall countdown: No. 17 Auburn

Auburn's Victoria Trapani
Auburn's Victoria Trapani ( Tracy Wilcox )

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Next up on our women's 2014 fall countdown, No. 17 Auburn:

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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Auburn

Preseason rank: 17

Final 2013-14 Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 28

2013-14 in review: Auburn struggled to find a rhythm all season. The spring looked promising as Auburn started with a fourth-place finish at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, but the season ended early when Auburn failed to advance out of the NCAA East Regional.

Notable departure: Marta Sanz, Diana Fernandez

Key returnees: Claera Baena, Alex Harrell, Victoria Trapani

Newcomers of note: Sophia Schubert, Kelli Murphy, Michaela Owen

Circled on fall calendar: Mason Rudolph

Fall outlook: Trapani returns as a strong senior leader, but Auburn’s freshman class also looks very promising. This is a gritty squad that has been driven by heartache in the past two seasons, playing through head coach Kim Evans’ ovarian-cancer diagnosis (Evans is now cancer free) and the loss of assistant coach Danielle Downey in a car accident. Auburn plays with passion and will need it during a season that doesn’t have an easy spot.