USA Softball Announces Roster For World University Games
June 19, 2006
Oklahoma City, Okla. - USA Softball has announced its roster for the 2006 World University Games that will be held July 15-23, in Tainan City, Taiwan. The U.S. won the first ever World University Games in 2004 when it was hosted in Plant City, Fla.
Over thirty of the nation's top collegiate players participated in a selection camp for the team, June 8-11, in Chula Vista, Calif., and now 17 players move on to represent the U.S. this summer.
Callista Balko (Tucson, Ariz., Arizona); Tina Boutelle (Katy, Texas, Texas); Courtney Bures (Haymarket, Va., Mississippi State); Katie Burkhart (San Luis Obispo,Calif., Arizona State); Christina Clark (Santa Ana, Calif., Fresno State); Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif., Arizona State); Norrelle Dickson (Orange, Calif., Oklahoma); Sarah Fekete (Maryville, Tenn., Tennessee); Samantha Findlay (Lockport, Ill., Michigan); Kristie Fox (San Diego, Calif., Arizona); Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, Calif., Stanford); Brianne McGowan (Reno, Nev., Oregon State); Cambria Miranda (Camarillo, Calif., Oregon State); Jackie Rinehart (Reno, Nev., Stanford); Jennie Ritter (Dexter, Mich., Michigan); Lindsay Schutzler (Monterey, Calif., Tennessee) and Angela Tincher (Eagle Rock, Va., Virginia Tech) will represent the U.S. at the Championship.
The World University Team will be coached by Head Coach Carol Hutchins, Assistant Coach Mike Larabee (Head Coach at Wright State), Assistant Coach Mark Lumley (Assistant Coach at Baylor) and Assistant Coach Jay Miller (Head Coach at Mississippi State).
The World University team will play a scrimmage against the USA Softball Women's National Team on July 10 in Irvine, Calif., before departing for Taiwan. Upon their return to the United States they will stop off in Chicago for a four game series against the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch league, July 26-30.
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 87 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 230,000 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 Men's, Women's, 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 Women's National Team is one of the only two women's 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 seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive. For more information about USA Softball, please visit www.usasoftball.com