USA Softball named its 2006 Women's National Team roster Monday that will compete July 13-17 in the II World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City before traveling to Beijing, China, for the ISF Women’s World Championships.
Thirty of the nation's top players participated in the National Team Selection camp June 13-15, in Chula Vista, Calif., and now 17 players move on to represent the U.S. this summer.
Eleven members of the gold medal team from the 2004 Olympic Games were named to the roster for the 2006 Women’s National Team including: Laura Berg, Crystl Bustos, Jennie Finch, Tairia Flowers, Stacey Nuveman, Amanda Freed, Lovie Jung, Jessica Mendoza, Cat Osterman, Jenny Topping and Natasha Watley.
Joining that group on the 2006 contingent are Monica Abbott, Andrea Duran, Vicky Galindo, Alicia Hollowell, Caitlin Lowe and Jamie Southern.
Mike Candrea, head coach of 2006 NCAA national champion Arizona, serves as head coach for the 2006 U.S. national team. Joining him on the coaching staff are Chuck D’Arcy, Karen Johns from the University of Virginia and Stanford coach John Rittman.
World University Games Roster Named
USA Softball also announced Monday the roster for the 2006 World University Games that will be held July 15-23, in Tainan City, Taiwan.
The U.S. will look to defend its title after winning the first ever World University Games in Plant City, Fla., in 2004.
Seventeen players were selected out of the 30-player pool invited to the selection camp in Chula Vista, Calif.
The roster includes: Callista Balko and Kristie Fox of Arizona, Tina Boutelle from Texas, Courtney Bures of Mississippi State, Katie Burkhart and Kaitlin Cochran from Arizona State, Christina Clark from Fresno State, Norrelle Dickson of Oklahoma, Sarah Fekete and Lindsay Schutzler from Tennessee, Samantha Findlay and Jennie Ritter from Michigan, Lauren Lappin and Jackie Rinehart from Stanford, Oregon State’s Brianne McGowan and Cambria Miranda, and Virginia Tech’s Angela Tincher.
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins will head the squad. Assisting her will be Wright State head coach Mike Larabee, Baylor assistant coach Mark Lumley and Mississippi State head coach Jay Miller.
The World University team will play a scrimmage against the USA Softball Women’s National Team on July 10 in Irvine, Calif., before departing for Taiwan. Upon their return to the United States, they will stop off in Chicago for a four game series against the Chicago Bandits of National Pro Fastpitch July 26-30.