Four teams on KU's schedule were ranked in the preseason poll, including No. 1 Texas. The Cougars finished with a 29-4 overall record, as well as a third-straight outright West Coast Conference title, after going 16-2 in league play.
UW returns seven starters and veteran starting goaltender Georgia Rowntree this fall.
It's just the fifth time the Tar Heels have ever been ranked in the preseason, and marks the second-highest preseason ranking in program history. Last year's squad was ranked eight different weeks. "If we want to be included in that group, we have to make sure we earn it on the field".More news: Dow streak of records ends amid US-North Korea tensions
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The Huskers, who finished 31-3 last year and reached the NCAA semifinals for a second straight year, will open the season against No. 18 OR at the VERT Challenge in Gainesville, Florida on Friday, Aug. 25. Oklahoma State was voted sixth in the poll.
UNLV picked up the most first-place votes with five and was third with 101 points while Utah State claimed the final first-place vote and placed fourth with 97.