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Conference preview: Pac-10

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2009-10 outlook

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Predicted champion: Stanford

Predicted player of the year: Nick Taylor, Washington

Predicted freshman of the year: Andrew Yun, Stanford

NCAA Regional bound: Stanford, Washington, Arizona State, UCLA, Oregon, USC, California, Arizona

Team on the rise: Oregon--Casey Martin's young squad has earned valuable experience going to nationals the past two seasons.

Biggest question mark: USC--The Trojan freshmen class is going to be put to work right quick as Giles is the only returning player with any significant experience.

Wouldn't surprise me to see: The Trojans be this year's Pac-10 squad that flirts with missing the postseason because of the ".500 rule."

Would shock me to see: A Pac-10 school not win at least one of the six NCAA regionals next spring.

__2008-09 Accolades

Team champions:__ Washington

Players of the year: Matt Giles, USC; Nick Taylor, Washington

Freshman of the year: Gregor Main, UCLA

Coach of the year: Matt Thurmond, Washington

Pac-10 medalist: Darren Wallace, Washington

__All-Pac-10 First team:

__Erik Flores, UCLA

Matt Giles, USC*

Stephan Gross, Arizona State

Richard Lee, Washington*

Jamie Lovemark, USC

Tim Sluiter, USC

Nick Taylor, Washington*

Darren Wallace, Washington*

Steve Ziegler, Stanford*

** returns in 2009-10

__2009-10 predicted finish:

__1. Stanford

  1. Washington

  2. Arizona State

  3. UCLA

  4. Oregon

  5. USC

  6. California

  7. Arizona

  8. Oregon State

  9. Washington State

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2009-10 outlook

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Predicted champion: Arizona State

Predicted player of the year: Carlota Ciganda, Arizona State

Predicted freshman of the year: Tiffany Lua, UCLA

NCAA Regional bound: Arizona State, USC, UCLA, Stanford, California, Arizona, Washington

Team on the rise: Stanford--Talented freshmen Sally Watson and Kristina Wong will help give the Cardinal the depth they've been missing in recent years

Biggest question mark: UCLA--There's tons of talent in Westwood, but which player will step up and be the team leader?

Wouldn't surprise me to see: Any one of a half-dozen golfers contend for POY honors. The race is going to be amazing.

Would shock me to see: Pac-10 teams finish one-two-three at nationals ... again.

__2008-09 Accolades

Team champions:__ Arizona State

Player of the year: Lizette Salas, USC

Freshman of the year: Jennifer Song, USC

Coach of the year: Melissa Luellen, Arizona State

Pac-10 medalist: Carlota Ciganda, Arizona State

__All-Pac-10 First team:

__Carlota Ciganda, Arizona State*

Pia Halbig, California*

Stephanie Kono, UCLA*

Azahara Munoz, Arizona State

Juliana Murcia, Arizona State*

Lizette Salas, USC*

Jennifer Song, USC*

Glory Yang, UCLA*

** returns in 2009-10

__2009-10 predicted finish:

__1. Arizona State

  1. USC

  2. UCLA

  3. Stanford

  4. California

  5. Arizona

  6. Washington

  7. Washington State

  8. Oregon

  9. Oregon State

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