Kirsten Voak, Missy Hixon And Nichole Thompson Earn Invitations To The USA Softball National Team Camp

Sept. 7, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Amateur Softball Association announced today that 52 of the nation's finest women's fast pitch softball players have been selected to participate in the USA Softball Women's National Team Camp, September 27-30 at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.

Arizona State players Kirsten Voak, Missy Hixon and Nichole Thompson were three of the players earning invitations to the elite camp. Voak pitched for the USA Red Team that, won the 2001 U.S. Cup, while Hixon and Thompson competed on the Blue Team that won the 2001 Pan Am qualifier. Over the summer, Hixon played in seven games and batted .286. Thompson played in eight games, leading the team in sacrifice hits (3) and was third on the team with 10 runs scored. Thompson finished with a .391 batting average with nine hits and three RBIs.

The players invited to the September camp are a combination of 2000 Olympic gold medallists, the two USA Softball teams that were fielded in 2001 (USA Red and USA Blue) and other top players from across the country.

USA Softball will select a core group of athletes to return to the 2002 National Team Camp in May and will also select a team to represent the USA at the 2002 South Pacific Classic in Perth, Australia.

USA Softball Women's National Teams have been among the most dominating of any sports team in history. The USA's ability to bring home the gold in World Championships, the Pan American Games and the Olympics is unchallenged, with a total of thirteen.

The USA Softball Women's National Team won the first Olympic gold medal in the sport's history during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA, and defended its gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. The USA Softball Women's National Team, which has won the past four consecutive World Championships, the past four consecutive Pan Am Games and the past two Olympic gold medals, is the undisputed No. 1 team in the world.

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