May 7, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Arizona junior catcher Stacie Chambers has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award.
Chambers, a native of Glendale, Ariz., has tallied a nation-leading 26 home runs and 80 RBI on the season in helping the No. 6 Arizona Wildcats to a 39-13 record heading into the final week of conference play.
The junior has earned USA Softball National Player of the Week honors, and has twice been awarded the Pac-10 Player of the Week.
This award, which is considered the most prestigious honors in Division I women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past winners of this award include UCLA's Stacey Nuveman, Florida State's Jessica Van der Linden, three-time winner Texas pitcher Cat Osterman, Tennessee's Monica Abbott and Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher.
The Top 10 list represents 10 schools and five different NCAA Division I Conferences. The list is comprised of five seniors, four juniors, and one sophomore. The 2009 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be chosen from the 10 finalists.
The three finalists will be announced May 20th while the winner of the 2009 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2009 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
2009 Top 10 Finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
Name - School - Year - Position - Hometown
Stacie Chambers (Arizona) - Junior - Catcher - Glendale, Az.
Kaitlin Cochran (Arizona State) - Senior- Outfield - Yorba Linda, Calif.
Amber Flores (Oklahoma) - Junior - Infield - Calexico, Calif.
Alisa Goler (Georgia) - Sophomore - Infield - Frankfort, Ill.
Danielle Lawrie (Washington) - Junior - Pitcher - Langley, British Columbia
Charlotte Morgan (Alabama) - Junior- Pitcher/Utility - Moreno Valley, Calif.
Stacey Nelson (Florida) - Senior - Pitcher - Los Alamitos, Calif.
Amber Patton (DePaul) - Senior - Third Base - Forsyth, Ill.
Missy Penna (Stanford) - Senior - Pitcher/Infield - Miami, Fla.
Tammy Williams (Northwestern) - Senior - Infield - Roscoe, Mo.
Up Next: Arizona heads to Oregon to take on the Ducks and Beavers over the weekend. First game against UO is Thursday at 4 p.m.