Thursday, January 8, 2015

Team USA Roster Announced

On a day of many happenings around the softball world, Team USA released their roster for this summer's competition.

Eighteen players made the roster, though just fifteen of them were submitted to the USOC to play in the PanAm Games at the end of July.

New additions to the roster for the first time include Tennessee sophomore catcher Annie Aldrete, who was the youngest player in camp. Oregon’s Janelle Lindvall (JR) and Janie Takeda (SR) also join the party in red, white, and blue. Former Jr. National Team members Ally C arda (SR; UCLA) and Sierra Romero (JR; Michigan) are a part of the senior roster for the first time.

Despite both signing contracts to play in Japan during that country’s professional season, both Valerie Arioto (Cal; ’12) and Jackie Traina (Bama; ’14) tried out & made the squad. Scheduling won’t be a factor, as Team USA plays in the summer when the Japanese league is on hiatus, but it serves as an interesting footnote.

Several Team USA veterans finish off the roster, including Raven Chavanne (Tennessee; ’13); Amanda Chidester (Michigan; ’12); Sam Fischer (Loyola Marymount; ’12); Kellie Fox (SR; Arizona); Lauren Gibson (Tennessee; ’13); Taylor Hoagland (Texas; ’13); Haylie McCleney (JR; Bama); Jessica Moore (Oregon; ’13); Michelle Moultrie (Florida; ’12); Sara Nevins (South Florida; ’13); and Kelsey Stewart (JR; Florida).

Aldrete, Fischer, and Hoagland are the members of the roster not listed as having been submitted to the USOC.

A few real surprises are absent from the roster. Longtime Team USA vets Jolene Henderson (Cal; ’13) and Cheridan Hawkins (JR; Oregon) are not listed, despite both having multiple years of international experience under their belt. Potential national player of the year candidates Lacey Waldrop (SR; Florida State) & Georgia’s Chelsea Wilkinson (JR) and Alex Hugo (JR) are also not part of the squad.

Nagging injuries may have contributed to the absence of Aimee  Creger (Tulsa; ’14) & Lauren Chamberlain (SR; Oklahoma); Creger’s 2014 tryout was interrupted by a back injury and Chamberlain dealt with numerous injuries during the 2014 season.

If you’re an NPF fan, you’ll want to note the three graduating seniors – Takeda, Fox, and Carda – on the squad. Unless any member of the trio elects to pull double duty, NPF teams may have to cross all three prospects, although exciting, off their draft lists.

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