Hansen, Haber Among Women's National Team Selection Camp Invitees
April 13, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - Freshman shortstop Ashley Hansen and sophomore outfielder Alissa Haber are among the 27 initial athletes invited to attend the 2009 USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Camp in Chula Vista, Calif., June 8-12.
The list includes a number of current and former college standouts, as well as eight 2008 Olympians. Stanford alum Lauren Lappin `06, who won a silver medal with Team USA at the Beijing Olympics last summer, will also be attending the camp. Hansen, just 18 and a college freshman, is the youngest player on the invitee list.
Both Haber and Hansen have extensive experience with the USA Junior National Team, having won gold medals at the 2006 Junior Pan American Championship in Puerto Rico and the 2007 ISF Junior World Championship in Enschede, Netherlands. Hansen was the only high school player selected to attend USA Softball's Olympic Selection Camp in September 2007.
As a junior, Haber is carrying a career batting average (.382) that ranks second only to the mark posted by two-time Olympian Jessica Mendoza. She paces the team with a .418 average on the year and ranks as one of the nation's leaders with 16 doubles.
Hansen is having a rookie season comparable only to the one Mendoza posted a decade ago, when she was named a first-team All-American and the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Hansen is hitting .407 with a team-high 57 hits and 12 doubles, and ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in five major offensive categories (hits, batting average, RBI, doubles and triples).
Lappin, a two-time All-American for the Cardinal during her career from 2003 to 2006, will be back training with the USA Team after her first Olympic appearance last summer. With Stanford head coach John Rittman on the coaching staff, Team USA won its first eight games at the Beijing Olympics, most by considerable margins, and outscored opponents 58-5 over the nine games to take the silver medal.
On the schedule for Team USA this year are several international events including the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, July 16-20. The World Cup will feature the top four finishers from the 2008 Olympic Games including a gold medal game rematch between Japan and the United States.