Voak, Hixon and Thompson To Represent Team USA Softball During 2001 Season

June 8, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Three Arizona State University softball players have been selected by the Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball to participate during the 2001 touring season. Kristen Voak, Missy Hixon and Nichole Thompson will all don the Red, White and Blue this summer for Team USA.

Junior All-American pitcher Kristen Voak (Freemont, Calif.) will play for the USA Red team, coached by University of Missouri head coach Jay Miller and Pac-10 assistant coaches John Rittman (Stanford) and Kirk Walker (Oregon State). Voak was 15-9 with a 2.09 ERA in 2001, leading ASU to a 36-22.

Teammates Missy Hixon (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Nichole Thompson (Irvine, Calif.) will play for USA Blue, coached by University of Arizona head coach Mike Candrea. Hixon, ASU's starting second basman, hit .293 in her junior year with six doubles and three home runs. Thompson (OF) started all 58 games for Linda Wells' Sun Devils, finishing second on the team with a .332 batting average and tabbing a team-leading two triples.

The two teams will compete against each other in the USA Softball Shootout, a West Coast exhibition tour, that will stop in Portland (June 8), Spokane (June 10), Sacramento (June 14) and Los Angeles (June 17).

USA Red will then travel to Honolulu, June 20-24, to represent the USA at the 2001 U.S. Cup, where they will face 2000 Olympic silver medalist Japan, bronze medalist Australia and fourth-place finisher China. The U.S. Cup will mark the first time Team USA has faced these international teams since the 2000 Olympic Games.

The two teams will then travel to Vancouver, June 30-July 6, for the 2001 Canada Cup. The USA captured the gold medal and the bronze medal in 1999 when two teams were represented at the Canada Cup.

USA Blue will close out the season when it travels to Maracay, Venezuela, July 28-August 5 to represent the USA at the 2001 Pan Am Qualifier.

--Sun Devil Softball--
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