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10 Finalists Announced for 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball have announced the Top 10 Finalists for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, which will be announced on Tuesday, May 27 just prior to the start of the 2014 NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) in Oklahoma City.
This award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.
Now in its 13th year, previous recipients of the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award are UCLA catcher Stacey Nuveman (2002), Texas pitcher Cat Osterman (2003, 2005 and 2006), Florida State pitcher Jessica Van der Linden (2004), Tennessee pitcher Monica Abbott (2007), Virginia Tech pitcher Angela Tincher (2008), Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie (2009 and 2010), Stanford shortstop Ashley Hansen (2011) and Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts (2012 and 2013).
This year’s finalists are comprised of four seniors, three juniors, and three sophomores. The student-athletes selected represent seven NCAA Division I universities and five athletic conferences. Alabama, Florida State and Oregon lead the way among universities with two athlete representatives each.
The top three finalists selected from this list will be announced May 21, with the winner of the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award revealed on May 27.
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.
In addition to bestowing the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, ASA/USA Softball is now in its 12th season of presenting the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll and the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week, which are announced Tuesdays during the regular season.
** release courtesy of USA Softball