A year ago, the University of Oregon softball team embarked on the 2003 season with minimal expectations, a new coach and an uncertainty as to where its season would go.

What a difference a year makes.

As the Ducks enter the 2004 season they have the knowledge of just how high they can soar. A return trip to the NCAA Regionals in 2003, a third-place Pac-10 finish and one of the most exciting postseason runs in the history of the program has elevated the expectations and goals for second-year Head Coach Kathy Arendsen and her team.