Tarleton has been picked to finish third in the Lone Star Conference standings when the league announced its annual preseason rankings Wednesday afternoon.
Tarleton finished behind Angelo State (304) and West Texas A&M (282) in the top two spots, respectively, and ahead of Texas A&M-Commerce (263) at the No. 4 spot.
Texas Woman's, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Eastern New Mexico, and Midwestern State finished in the top eight of the polls, respectively. The top eight teams in the final standings will advance to the Lone Star Conference Championship tournament. Western New Mexico, Cameron, and UT Permian Basin rounded out the poll.
Tarleton is coming off a 29-6 season last year, in which the program swept the Lone Star Conference Championships for the first time in school history. They advanced to the NCAA postseason for the fourth straight season and will bring back four all-conference starters - Adrianna Knutson, Adriana Darthuy, Hannah McManus, and Amber Strange.
Tarleton will open the season with back-to-back tournament weekends, beginning August 24-25 in Stephenville with the Tarleton Invitational. The following weekend, Tarleton will head to St. George, Utah for a tournament at the home of its newest regional rival, Dixie State, who joined the RMAC this offseason. Then, Tarleton will begin Lone Star Conference action over the remainder of the season.