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 9th 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, Virginia Techs Angela Tincher and 2009 winner Washington pitcher/hitter Danielle Lawrie.
The 2010 Pre-Season Watch List is comprised of 50 players representing 35 schools and 14different NCAA Division I Conferences. The list includes 27 seniors, 17 juniors and six sophomores.
The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 7. A player does not have to appear on this 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.
2010 USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List
Name (School) Year Position Hometown
Valerie Arioto (California) Junior Utility Pleasanton, Calif.
Donna Bourgeois (ULL) Junior Pitcher Lafayette, La.
Chelsea Bramlett (Mississippi State) Senior Catcher/Infield Cordova, Tenn.
Stephanie Brombacher (Florida) Junior Pitcher Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Neena Bryant (Oregon) Senior Outfield - Placentia, Calif.
Anna Cahn (Cal Poly) Junior Pitcher/Designated Player Los Alamitos, Calif.
Whitney Canion (Baylor) Sophomore Pitcher Aledo, Texas
Stacie Chambers (Arizona) RS-Junior Catcher Glendale, Ariz.
Lauren Delaney (Northwestern) Senior Pitcher Jefferson City, Mo.
Krista Donnenwirth (Arizona State) Junior - SS/Third Base Mission Viejo, Calif.
Kelsi Dunne (Alabama) Junior Pitcher Port Orange, Fla.
Francesca Enea (Florida) Senior Outfield Woodland Hills, Calif.
Amber Flores (Oklahoma) Senior Infield Calexico, Calif.
Alisa Goler (Georgia) Junior Infield Frankfort, Ill.
Kelly Grieve (Tennessee) Junior Outfield Asheville, N.C.
Alissa Haber (Stanford) Senior Outfield- Newark, Calif.
Sarah Hamilton (Florida State) Junior Pitcher Tallahassee, Fla.
Ashley Hansen (Stanford) Sophomore Infield Chandler, Ariz.
Becca Heteniak (DePaul) Senior Pitcher - Simi Valley, Calif.
Katie Holverson (Nevada) Senior Pitcher Anthem, Ariz.
Tiffany Huff (Tennessee) Senior Catcher/First Base Saugus, Calif.
Molly Johnson (Kentucky) Senior Infield Tucson, Ariz.
Megan Langenfeld (UCLA) Senior Pitcher/First Base Bakersfield, Calif.
Brittany Lastrapes (Arizona) Junior Outfield - Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Danielle Lawrie (Washington) Senior - Pitcher Langley, British Columbia
Sam Marder (Ohio State) Senior Catcher - Calabasas, Calif.
Morgan Melloh (Fresno State) Junior - Pitcher Fishers, Ind.
Rachel Mitchell (LSU) Senior Outfield LaPorte, Texas
Adrienne Monka (Northwestern) Sophomore Infield Rancho Cucamongo, Calif.
Charlotte Morgan (Alabama) Senior Pitcher/Utility Moreno Valley, Calif.
Nikki Nemitz (Michigan) Senior Pitcher St. Clair Shores, Mich.
Carly Normandin (Massachusetts) Senior Outfield Gardner, Mass.
Tara Oltman (Creighton) Senior Pitcher Cortland, Neb.
Kimi Pohlman (Washington) Sophomore Outfield - Sammamish, Wash.
Nikki Prier (Jacksonville State) Senior Infield Raleigh, N.C.
Jessica Purcell-Fitu (BYU) Junior Catcher Walnut, Calif.
Melissa Roth (Louisville) Senior Catcher Long Beach, Calif.
Katie Schroeder (UCLA) Junior Outfield Yorba Linda, Calif.
Taylor Schlopy (Georgia) Junior Pitcher/Outfield West Hills, Calif.
Kirsten Shortridge (LSU) Senior Pitcher/Outfield Keller, Texas
Kaila Shull (UCLA) Senior Catcher/Outfield Lodi, Calif.
Danielle Spaulding (North Carolina) Senior First Base/Pitcher - Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Rhea Taylor (Missouri) Junior Outfield Buford, Ga.
Chelsea Thomas (Missouri) Sophomore Utility Pleasantville, Iowa
Brooke Turner (Long Beach State) Junior Pitcher Buena Park, Calif.
Maggie Viefhaus (Michigan) - Senior Infielder Pacific, Mo.
Kristen Wadwell (Louisville) Senior Pitcher/Infield Sydney, Australia
Amberley Waits (Louisiana Tech) Senior Infield Cleburne, Texas
Kelsi Weseman (Georgia Tech) Sophomore Infield Hutto, Texas
Jen Yee (Georgia Tech) - Senior - Second Base North Delta, British Columbia
Just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 12. The final three finalists will be announced May 26 while the winner of the 2010 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2010 NCAA Womens College World Series in Oklahoma City.
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 nation's largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 77 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit 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 www.usasoftball.com.
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