Cats Place Three on POY Ballot

April 1, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Three members of the Arizona softball team have been selected to a list of 25 Finalists for the 8th Annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, the Amateur Softball Association of America announced today.

Senior third baseman Jenae Leles, junior catcher Stacie Chambers, and sophomore left fielder Brittany Lastrapes were chosen as finalists and, with three selections, Arizona placed the highest number of players on the Top 25 list.

The ASA, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, has selected its 25 Finalists for the 8th Annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. This award, which is considered the most prestigious honors in Division I women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past winners of this award include UCLA's Stacey Nuveman, Florida State's Jessica Van der Linden, three-time winner Texas pitcher Cat Osterman, Tennessee's Monica Abbott and Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher.

The Top 25 list represents 17 schools and seven different NCAA Division I Conferences. The list is comprised of nine seniors, 12 juniors, three sophomores and one freshman. The 2009 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be chosen from the 25 finalists.

Just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 6. The three finalists will be announced May 20th while the winner of the 2009 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2009 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

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