Team USA tryouts begin today, and after a final addition of four players to the camp, the field of twenty-five candidates who will vie for one of seventeen spots is set.
A release from ASA/USA Softball came on Friday, announcing the final four additions to the selection camp. Kellie Fox of Arizona; Kelsey Stewart of Florida; Jackie Traina of Alabama; and 2014 Player of the Year Lacey Waldrop of Florida State were added to the list of players headed to Lynchburg, Virginia for a chance to wear the red, white, and blue this summer.
Fourteen players on last year's squad return for a chance to again represent the stars and stripes in international competition. Notably absent from that group is Oklahoma superstar slugger Lauren Chamberlain, who is suffering from injuries that plagued her throughout the collegiate season.
Tennessee's Annie Aldrete will be the youngest player in camp, having just completed her freshman season with the Lady Vols. The class of 2014 is represented by a quartet of players, while Mizzou grad Rhea Taylor is the only player who graduated before 2012 (she was a member of the class of 2011).
Other notable names that were once on the list but are no longer include Madison Shipman, Ellen Renfroe, and Sierra Romero. Shipman and Renfroe, both Lady Vols class of 2014 chose to begin their professional careers in the NPF, while Romero's absence is something of a mystery.
Lindsey Richardson and Kourtney Salvarola, both former Ken Eriksen pupils at USF, also no longer appear on the list.
The selection camp will officially run until the 12th, while exhibition games in Lynchburg; Findlay, Ohio; and Purcellville, Virginia will fill the remaining time until the roster of seventeen is announced on the 22nd.
For a full list of the twenty-five players trying out, click here.