Haber, Hansen Named To Preseason Player Of The Year Watch List

Jan. 27, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, has released its initial watch list for the ninth annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award. Among the 50 preseason picks were Stanford All-Americans Alissa Haber and Ashley Hansen.

The 50 picks in 2010 represent 35 schools and 14 different conferences. Haber and Hansen were two of the 12 selections from the Pac-10 Conference.

Haber, a senior outfielder, is a three-time All-American who has led the Cardinal in nearly every offensive category for the last three years. Haber hit .443 last season and led the nation with 26 doubles last season. Through her first three seasons at Stanford, her career batting average (.395) ranks second only to two-time Olympian Jessica Mendoza.

Hansen, one of just six sophomores named to the watch list, became Stanford's sixth freshman All-All-American and second Pac-10 Freshman of the Year last season. She joined Haber as the first Stanford player other than Mendoza to post a .400 or better season. The Chandler, Ariz. native hit .400 and matched the third-best RBI total in school history with a team-high 55. Her 84 hits, 24 doubles, five triples and 46 runs were the most of any rookie in school history.

The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 7. A player does not have to appear on the initial watch list to be considered as a top 25 finalist, however, once the top 25 finalists are named, the winner of the award will come from that list. Freshmen qualify for the top 25 list once they have competed at the collegiate level.

A list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 12 and the final three will be announced May 26. The winner of the 2010 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award will be announced prior to the start of the 2010 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Last season, Haber was among the 50 preseason picks. Hansen, a freshman a year ago, was not eligible for the preseason picks in 2009.

The award, which is considered one of the most prestigious honors in collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.

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