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Four Cats Named to All-America Squads
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/02/2010
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June 2, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- University of Arizona softball players Kenzie Fowler, Brittany Lastrapes, Stacie Chambers and K'Lee Arredondo were among those cited in Oklahoma City today for Division I All-America honors by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Freshman pitcher Fowler and junior outfielder Lastrapes earned first-team honors, while junior catcher Chambers and senior shortstop Arredondo were named to the second team.

Arizona's four selections were the most for any Division I team and institutions from the Pacific-10 and Southeastern Conference garnered nearly half of the 54 honors. Washington had three first-team picks to lead all schools.

For Arizona it was its biggest list since 2004 when four were named, all to the first team -- pitcher Alicia Hollowell, outfielders Caitlin Lowe and Autumn Champion and designated player Wendy Allen.

Fowler is the first freshman to earn first-team honors for Arizona since 2004 when Lowe won the first of her four first-team picks. Lastrapes repeats as a first-team pick and earned third-team honors as a freshman in 2008. Chambers was a third-team selection a year ago and Arredondo's honor is the first of her career. It also makes her the first All-American shortstop at UA since Kristie Fox was named in 2006 as an at-large pick.

Fowler also returns an Arizona pitcher to All-America status after a two-year drought following Taryne Mowatt's selection to the second team in 2007. Arizona had an All-American pitcher every year from 1990 (Julie Jones, a utility player who pitched) through 2007.

The honors for the Wildcats give the UA a staggering 87 NFCA All-America citations since second baseman Karen Fellenz started the business in 1984 as a second-team pick under then coach Paula Noel. The other 86 honors came under current head coach Mike Candrea.

Candrea might tell the current crop to put the accolades in the back of their minds for now, with the team looking for some other success this week in Oklahoma City. The Women's College World Series gets under way tomorrow, with Arizona facing off against Tennessee in a first-round game on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. Tucson time.

NFCA 2010 All-Americans (chart courtesy of NFCA.org)

 

  FIRST TEAM

 

Pos.

 Name

 School

P

Kenzie Fowler

University of Arizona

P

Danielle Lawrie

University of Washington

P

Jen Mineau

Fordham University

C

Chelsea Bramlett

Mississippi State University

1B

Meredith Hackett

University of Illinois

2B

Jen Yee

Georgia Institute of Technology

3B

Melissa Gonzalez

University of Hawai'i

SS

Katelyn Boyd

Arizona State University

OF

Alissa Haber

Stanford University

OF

Brittany Lastrapes

University of Arizona

OF

April Setterlund

Boston University

UT/P

Megan Langenfield

University of California, Los Angeles

UT/Non-P/DP

Niki Williams

University of Washington

At-Large/UT-P

Valerie Arioto

University of California, Berkeley

At-Large/2B

GiOnna DiSalvatore

University of California, Los Angeles

At-Large/SS

Jenn Salling

University of Washington

At-Large/OF

Kirsten Shortridge

Louisiana State University

At-Large/UT-P

Danielle Spalding

University of North Carolina

 

 

 

 

 SECOND TEAM

 

Pos.

 Name

 School

P

Blaire Luna

University of Texas

P

Keilani Ricketts

University of Oklahoma

P

Jordan Taylor

University of Michigan

C

Stacie Chambers

University of Arizona

1B

Dorian Shaw

University of Michigan

2B

Amber Flores

University of Oklahoma

3B

Maggie Viefhaus

University of Michigan

SS

K'Lee Arredondo

University of Arizona

OF

Kelly Majam

University of Hawai'i

OF

Taylor Schlopy

University of Georgia

OF

Francesca Enea

University of Florida

UT/P

Charlotte Morgan

University of Alabama

UT/Non-P/DP

Jessica Shults

University of Oklahoma

At-Large/2B

Kayla Braud

University of Alabama

At-Large/3B

Alisa Goler

University of Georgia

At-Large/C

Meagan May

Texas A&M University

At-Large/UT-P

Nikki Nemitz

University of Michigan

At-Large/C

Melissa Roth

University of Louisville

 

 

 

 

  THIRD TEAM

 

Pos.

 Name

 School

P

Whitney Kiihnl

Lipscomb University

P

Toni Paisley

East Carolina University

P

Sara Plourde

University of Massachusetts

C

Sam Marder

The Ohio State University

1B

Renae Sinkler

Creighton University

2B

Kara Nelson

Illinois State University

3B

Abby Olson

Illinois State University

SS

Lauren Grill

University of Mississippi

OF

Raven Chavanne

University of Tennessee

OF

Lauren Lindsay

University of Tulsa

OF

Rhea Taylor

University of Missouri

UT/P

Hope Rush

Georgia Institute of Technology

UT/Non-P/DP

Miranda Dixon

University of Arkansas

At-Large/P

Samantha Beasley

San Diego State University

At-Large/P

Stephanie Brombacher

University of Florida

At-Large/OF

Kat Dotson

University of Tennessee

At-Large/P

Kelsi Dunne

University of Alabama

At-Large/SS

Katie Fleury

University of Notre Dame

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