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2009-10 outlook

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Predicted champion: Oklahoma State

Predicted player of the year: Morgan Hoffmann, Oklahoma State

Predicted freshman of the year: Cameron Peck, Texas A&M

NCAA Regional bound: Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor, Missouri, Oklahoma

Team on the rise: Texas--I just have a feeling that the Longhorns are done underachieving and are ready to make a statement.

Biggest question mark: Kansas State--Had a quietly solid season in 2008-09, but are Mitchell Gregson's shoulders broad enough to do it again?

Wouldn't surprise me to see: A freshman win conference player-of-the-year honors for a third straight season--besides Peck, Texas' Cody Gribble is a candidate too.

Would shock me to see: Fewer than three Cowboys win a tournament individually this season--they're that deep.

__2008-09 Accolades

Team champions:__ Oklahoma State

Player of the year: Morgan Hoffmann, Oklahoma State

Freshman of the year: Morgan Hoffmann, Oklahoma State

Coach of the year: Mike McGraw, Oklahoma State

Big 12 medalist: Morgan Hoffmann, Oklahoma State

All-Big 12 First team:

Bronson Burgoon, Texas A&M

Nils Floren, Texas Tech*

Rickie Fowler, Oklahoma State

Pat Grady, Colorado

Morgan Hoffmann, Oklahoma State*

Trent Leon, Oklahoma State

Andrea Pavan, Texas A&M*

Derek Tolan, Colorado

Kevin Tway, Oklahoma State*

Trent Whitekiller, Oklahoma State*

** returns in 2009-10

2009-10 predicted finish:

  1. Oklahoma State

  2. Texas

  3. Texas A&M

  4. Texas Tech

  5. Baylor

  6. Missouri

  7. Oklahoma

  8. Kansas State

  9. Colorado

  10. Kansas

  11. Nebraska

  12. Iowa State

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2009-10 outlook

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Predicted champion: Texas A&M

Predicted player of the year: Caroline Hedwall, Oklahoma State

Predicted freshman of the year: Haley Stephens, Texas

NCAA Regional bound: Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Baylor

Team on the rise: Texas A&M--In her third year at College Station, Trelle McCombs is finding her way.

Biggest question mark: Oklahoma State--Lost a lot of experience with Pernilla Lindberg, Amanda Johnson and Karin Kinnerud graduating and Caroline Masson surprising everyone by deciding not to return this fall. Freshmen recruits will be hard pressed to pick up the slack.

Wouldn't surprise me to see: A player from a lower-profile school sneak off with POY honors. Missouri's Julia Potter and Baylor's Hannah Burke fit the bill.

Would shock me to see: Any conference school be a serious contender for the NCAA title. Just a lean year this year.

__2008-09 Accolades

Team champions:__ Oklahoma State

Player of the year: Caroline Hedwall, Oklahoma State

Freshman of the year: Caroline Hedwall, Oklahoma State

Coach of the year: Sylvia Ferdon, Baylor

Big 12 medalist: Ashley Freeman, Texas A&M

All-Big 12 First team:

Hannah Burke, Baylor*

Emily Childs, Colorado

Kendall Dye, Oklahoma

Ashley Freeman, Texas A&M*

Caroline Hedwall, Oklahoma State*

Amanda Johnson, Oklahoma State

Pernilla Lindberg, Oklahoma State

Caroline Masson, Oklahoma State

Julia Potter, Missouri*

Nicole Vandermade, Texas*

Sarah Zwartynski, Texas A&M*

** returns in 2009-10

2009-10 predicted finish:

  1. Texas A&M

  2. Oklahoma State

  3. Texas

  4. Oklahoma

  5. Missouri

  6. Baylor

  7. Kansas

  8. Nebraska

  9. Iowa State

  10. Texas Tech

  11. Colorado

  12. Kansas State

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