Stanford Freshmen Gain Berths On USA Junior National Teams

Oct. 3, 2006

Oklahoma City, Ok - Alissa Haber and Rosey Neill, two freshmen members of the nationally-ranked Stanford softball team, have been selected to the USA Junior Women's National Softball Team.

The finalized 16-player roster follows the conclusion of a recent four-day selection camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

The Junior Women's Pan American Qualifier team will compete Nov. 8-18 in Caguas, Puerto Rico. The event will qualify teams from the Pan American region for the VIII ISF Junior Women's World Championships scheduled for 2007 in Kutno, Poland.

Haber, an outfielder, graduated from Newark Memorial High School in Newark, Calif. where she gained numerous athletic and academic honors. On the field, Haber led Newark Memorial High School to four league titles and gained numerous post-season honors. Haber graduated with an A-plus average.

Neill, a catcher/infielder, hails from Laguna Hills High School in Southern California. Neill started every game during her four years of competition, and helped her team to several post-season competitions. For her efforts, Neill gained all-state, all-county and all-league honors.

'This is a great honor for Alissa and Rosey,' said Cardinal head coach John Rittman. 'To wear the colors of the red, white and blue, and compete for the United States is truly something special. Stanford is proud of their accomplishment.'

Haber's and Neill's selection to the United States Junior team follows on the heels of the announcement that former Cardinal All-Americans Jessica Mendoza and Lauren Lappin will compete internationally in November, having earned selection to the 18-player USA Softball Women's National Team roster. The U.S. Women's National team will be seeking its third gold medal of the season when it competes at the IV Japan Cup in Yokohama, Japan (Nov. 11-17).

Mendoza is arguably the best woman's softball hitter in the world, according to Stanford head coach John Rittman. Following a stellar career that landed her four first-team All-American honors, Mendoza has distinguished herself as a member of the United States National Team. Included among her many accolades, Mendoza helped the United States bring home a gold medal from the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Lappin is a veteran member of several U.S. National teams. Regarded as one of the best players to come through the Stanford softball program, Lappin was twice named an NFCA All-American. During her senior season in 2006, Lappin, a shortstop, batted .328 with a team-leading 42 runs scored. For her efforts, Lappin was honored as a member of the Pac-10 first team for a third time, and also named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

'We are so proud of the many great accomplishments of our former players,' said Rittman. 'We wish Jessica and Lauren continued success with the USA team.'

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