Three Player of the Year Finalists
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Three Pac-12 players are among the 11 finalists for the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced Wednesday. ARIZONA STATE senior shortstop Katelyn Boyd, along with CALIFORNIA senior utility player Valerie Arioto and junior pitcher/first baseman Jolene Henderson are in consideration for the most prestigious honor in Division I women's collegiate softball.
Due to a tie, 11 finalists have been named to this list rather than 10. The three finalists selected from this list will be announced May 23, while the winner of the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be revealed on May 29 prior to the start of the NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
Boyd was one of the three finalists last season while Arioto made the list of 10 student-athletes in 2010.
The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is voted on by coaching representatives from 11 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA Regions as well as members of the media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country, and previous Player of the Year recipients.
Now in its 11th year, the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is designed to recognize the athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Pac-12 athletes have received the honor four times, with Stanford senior shortstop Ashley Hansen winning the award last year. Other Conference recipients are UCLA catcher Stacey Nuveman (2002) and Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie (2009, 2010).
2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Finalists
Name (School) - Year - Position - Hometown
Valerie Arioto (California) - Senior - Utility - Pleasanton, Calif.
Katelyn Boyd (Arizona State) - Senior - Shortstop - Phoenix, Ariz.
Lauren Chamberlain (Oklahoma) - Freshman - Infield - Trabuco Canyon, Calif.
Raven Chavanne (Tennessee) - Junior - Third base/Outfield - Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Jolene Henderson (California) - Junior - Pitcher/First base - Elk Grove, Calif.
Michelle Moultrie (Florida) - Senior - Center field - Jacksonville, Fla.
Sara Nevins (South Florida) - Sophomore - Pitcher - Pinellas Park, Fla.
Christi Orgeron (ULL) - Senior - Outfield - New Orleans, La.
Sara Plourde (UMass) - Senior - Pitcher - Bristol, Conn.
Keilani Ricketts (Oklahoma) - Junior - Pitcher - San Jose, Calif.
Jackie Traina (Alabama) - Sophomore - Pitcher/Designated player - Naples, Fla.