Three Bruins Among 10 Finalists for ASA/USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year

May 6, 2002

Oklahoma City, OK - The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, has announced the ten finalists for the inaugural USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. The initial list of 25 finalists was announced on April 12. This award is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.

Three Bruins, senior catcher Stacey Nuveman, junior shortstop Natasha Watley and sophomore pitcher Keira Goerl are among the list of 10 finalists.

The complete list of finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, listed in alphabetical order, includes:

Jaime Clark, University of Washington
Jennie Finch, University of Arizona
Keira Goerl, UCLA
Nicole Myers, Florida Atlantic
Stacey Nuveman, UCLA
Catherine Osterman, University of Texas
Britni Sneed, LSU
Jamie Southern, Fresno State
Natasha Watley, UCLA
Phelan Wright, Arizona State

Three finalists will be announced May 31st, with the winner of the 2002 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award being announced June 7th. The winner will be recognized and presented with the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year trophy during the ASA National Council Meeting in Reno, Nevada, in November.

A replica of the award will be placed in a permanent display in the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, along with photos of the winner. An additional replica of the award will be presented to the player?s academic institution.

The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. As the National Governing Body, the ASA is responsible for identifying, selecting and training male and female athletes to compete in World, Pan American and Olympic competitions.


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