Current UA student-athletes invited to tryout for the Women’s National Team include senior All-Americans Caitlin Lowe and Kristie Fox, along with junior catcher Callista Balko. Lowe has started for the National Team each of the past two years, while Fox and Balko spent the past summer competing for the World University Team, comprised of the nation’s best collegiate players.
The trio of current Wildcats will be joined by 25 others, including three former UA greats; gold medalists Jennie Finch and Lovie Jung, along with two-year National Team veteran Alicia Hollowell, who recently completed her fourth All-American season at Arizona.
Perhaps most impressive is that three of the 34 athletes invited to Junior Women’s National Team selection camp will be freshmen for UA’s 2007 squad. Third baseman/utility player Sarah Akamine, shortstop/outfielder K’Lee Arredondo and catcher/third baseman Stacie Chambers will compete for a shot at making the Junior National Team at a tryout, Sept. 15-18. Once selected, the junior squad will compete in November at the Pan Am Qualifier, which will be used as a qualifier for the ISF Junior Women’s World Championships in 2007.
The National Training Team, which will hold its tryout Sept. 18-22, will represent the
Candrea will again lead the selection camp and will be assisted by Jay Miller (Mississippi State), Cheri Kempf (Owner of Club K), Jordan, Mark Lumley (assistant coach at Baylor) and Brian Kolze (head coach at Pacific).
The 28 participants invited to the Women’s National Team selection camp scheduled for September 18-22 in Chula Vista, Calif., are *Monica Abbott (Salinas, Calif., Tennessee); *Callista Balko (Tucson, Ariz., Arizona), Laura Berg (Santa Fe Springs, Calif., Fresno State); Tina Boutelle (Katy, Texas, Texas), Crystl Bustos (Canyon Country, Calif., West Palm Beach C.C.); Christina Clark (Santa Ana, Calif., Fresno State); Andrea Duran (Selma, Calif., UCLA); Lisa Fernandez (Long Beach, Calif., UCLA); Jennie Finch (La Mirada, Calif., Arizona); Tairia Flowers (Tucson, Ariz., UCLA); *Kristie Fox (San Diego, Calif., Arizona); Amanda Freed (Cypress, Calif., UCLA); Vicky Galindo (Union City, Calif., California-Berkeley); Alicia Hollowell (Suisun, Calif., Arizona); Lovie Jung (Fountain Valley, Calif., Arizona); Kelly Kretschman (Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., Alabama); Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, Calif., Stanford); *Caitlin Lowe (Tustin, Calif., Arizona); Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif., Stanford); Jessica Merchant (Wayland, Mich., Michigan); Stacey Nuveman (La Verne, Calif., UCLA); Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas, Texas); Jennie Ritter (Dexter, Mich., Michigan); *Lindsay Schutzler (Monterey, Calif., Tennessee); Jamie Southern (Clovis, Calif., Fresno State); Jenny Topping (Whittier, Calif., Cal State Fullerton); Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif., UCLA) and Kristen Zaleski (Temple, Texas, Texas State University). (*Players with college eligibility)
A total of 34 athletes have been invited to compete in the Junior Women’s National Team selection camp scheduled for September 15-18 in