OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, has selected its initial Watch List for the 8th Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. This award, which is considered the most prestigious honors in Division I womens collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past winners of this award include UCLAs Stacey Nuveman, Florida States Jessica Van der Linden, three-time winner Texas pitcher Cat Osterman, Tennessees Monica Abbott and Virginia Techs Angela Tincher.
The 2009 Pre-Season Watch List is comprised of 50 players representing 32 schools and 13 different NCAA Division I Conferences.
The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 1. A player does not have to appear on the initial watch list to be considered as a top 25 finalist. However, once the top 25 finalists are named the winner of the award will come from that list. *Freshman qualify for the top 25 list once they have competed at the collegiate level.
Just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 6. The final three finalists will be announced May 20 while the winner of the 2009 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2009 NCAA Womens College World Series in Oklahoma City.
2009 USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List
Name School Year Position Hometown
Valerie Arioto (California) Sophomore Utility Pleasanton, Calif.
Brandice Balschmiter (Massachusetts) Senior Pitcher - Newark, N.Y.
Chelsea Bramlett (Mississippi State) Junior Catcher/Infield Cordova, Tenn.
Ashley Brignac (Louisiana-Lafayette) Sophomore Pitcher River Ridge, La.
Neena Bryant (Oregon) Outfield Junior Placentia, Calif.
Ashley Charters (Washington) Senior - Infield Beaverton, Ore.
Kaitlin Cochran (Arizona State) - Senior- Outfield - Yorba Linda, Calif.
Lauren Delaney (Northwestern) Junior Pitcher Jefferson City, Mo.
GiOnna DiSalvatore (UCLA) Sophomore - Utility Palm Harbor, Fla.
Krista Donnenwirth (Arizona State) Sophomore - SS/Third Base Mission Viejo, Calif.
Angela Findlay (Michigan) Junior Outfield Lockport, Ill.
Ali Gardiner (Florida) Senior First Base - Waccabuc, N.Y.
Lauren Grill (Mississippi) Junior Infield Tualatin, Ore.
Alissa Haber (Stanford) Junior Outfield- Newark, Calif.
Becca Heteniak (DePaul) Junior Pitcher - Simi Valley, Calif.
Tiffany Huff (Tennessee) Junior Catcher/First Base Saugus, Calif
Amanda Kamekona (UCLA) Senior Infield Chino Hills, Calif.
Megan Langenfeld (UCLA) Junior Pitcher/First Base Bakersfield, Calif.
Brittany Lastrapes (Arizona) Sophomore Outfield - Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Danielle Lawrie (Washington) Junior - Pitcher Langley, British Columbia
Jenae Leles (Arizona) Senior Third Base Fair Oaks, Calif.
Robin Mackin (Nebraska) Junior - Pitcher - Newmarket, Ontario
Sam Marder (Ohio State) Junior Catcher - Calabasas, Calif.
DJ Mathis (Oklahoma) - Senior Pitcher East Alton, Ill.
Morgan Melloh (Fresno State) Sophomore - Pitcher Fishers, Ind.
Noelle Micka (Nevada) Sophomore Catcher Garden Grove, Calif.
Rachel Mitchell (LSU) Junior Outfield LaPorte, Texas
Kelley Montalvo (Alabama) Senior Utility - Miami, Fla.
Charlotte Morgan (Alabama) Junior Pitcher/Utility Moreno Valley, Calif.
Kara Nelson (Illinois State) - Junior Third Base Moline, Ill.
Stacey Nelson (Florida) Senior Pitcher Los Alamitos, Calif.
Nikki Nemitz (Michigan) Junior Pitcher St. Clair Shores, Mich.
Amber Patton (DePaul) Senior Third Base - Forsyth, Ill.
Missy Penna (Stanford) Senior Pitcher/Infield Miami, Fla.
Haley Perkins (Fresno State) Senior Infield Fresno, Calif.
Brette Reagan (Baylor) Senior Infield Magnolia, Texas
Samantha Ricketts (Oklahoma) - Senior - First Base - San Jose, Calif.
Brittany Rogers (Alabama) Senior Outfield - Dacula, Ga.
Jamie Schloredt (Sacramento State) Senior Catcher Woodland, Calif.
Kirsten Shortridge (LSU) Junior Pitcher/Outfield Keller, Texas
Danielle Spaulding (North Carolina) Junior First Base/Pitcher - Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Jordan Taylor (Michigan) Sophomore Pitcher Valencia, Calif.
Rhea Taylor (Missouri) Sophomore Outfield Buford, Ga.
Brooke Turner (Long Beach State) Sophomore Pitcher Buena Park, Calif.
Jessica Valis (Houston) Senior Infield Shiner, Texas
Laurie Wagner (Houston) Senior Outfield Houston, Texas
Kim Waleszonia (Florida) Senior Outfield - Fontana, Calif.
Megan Wiggins (Georgia) Sophomore Infield - Snellville, Ga.
Tammy Williams (Northwestern) Senior Infield - Roscoe, Mo.
Jen Yee (Georgia Tech) - Junior - Second Base North Delta, British Columbia
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nations largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 83 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Mens, Womens, Junior Boys and Junior Girls National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Womens National Team is one of the only two womens sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive as well as claimed two World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.
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