Hixon And Voak Invited To The USA Softball Team Camp

Dec. 28, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University softball players Missy Hixon and Kirsten Voak have accepted invitations to participate in the first USA Softball team camp of 2002, January 2-6 at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.

Earlier this year, Hixon was a member of the 2001 USA National Softball (Blue) team that won the Pan Am qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela. Hixon played in seven games with five starts, batted .286 with two runs and two sacrifice hits. She also posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, making six assists.

Voak, an All-American, was a member of the 2001 USA National Softball (Red) team. As a pitcher, she helped the team win the U.S. Cup.

Hixon and Voak are among fifty of the nation's top women's fastpitch softball players that have been invited to participate in the camp. USA Softball will select a core group of 22 athletes to return to a Team Camp in May from which the 2002 World Championship team will be selected.

The players invited to the January camp are a combination of 2000 Olympic gold medalists, the two USA Softball teams that were fielded in 2001 (USA Red and USA Blue) and other top players from across the country.

The USA Softball Women's National Team won the first Olympic gold medal in the sport's history during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, and defended its gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. The USA Softball Women's National Team, which has won the past four consecutive World Championships, the past four consecutive Pan Am Games and the past two Olympic gold medals, is the undisputed No. 1 team in the world.

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