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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Top 25 National Player of the Year Finalists Announced

The twenty-five players who will vie for the title of National Player of the Year have been announced; the list includes several no-brainer selections and a few that leave you scratching your head.

The list of finalists includes players representing twenty different schools and nine conferences. Twice-defending champions Florida are joined by Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, and James Madison in placing two players on the list.

The state of Florida placed five players on the list, including the pairs of Gators and Seminoles as well as ace pitcher Kylee Hanson of Florida Atlantic. The state of Louisiana placed three on the list, from three different schools, including representatives of McNeese State, Louisiana-Lafayette, and Louisiana-Monroe.

The group of finalists is comprised of nine seniors; eleven juniors; and five sophomores. Seven of the players in their final collegiate seasons were selected in the NPF Draft earlier this month.

Seven players find themselves a finalist for the second season in a row, including UCLA's Allexis ("Chip") Bennett; Louisiana-Lafayette's Lexie Elkins; James Madison's Megan Good; Minnesota's Sara Groenewegen; Alabama's Haylie McCleney; Michigan's Sierra Romero; and Notre Dame's Karley Wester.

Some big names and perennial award winners are notably absent from the list of finalists, including Oregon's Cheridan Hawkins; Georgia's Alex Hugo; Missouri's Sami Fagan; UCF's Shelby Turnier; and Florida's Kelsey Stewart.

The full list of finalists can be found below:

Ali Aguilar
 Infield
Washington 
Allexis Bennett
Outfield
UCLA
Jessica Burroughs
Pitcher 
Florida State 
Kasey Cooper
Third Base 
Auburn 
Koral Costa
Outfield
Oregon 
Lexie Elkins
Catcher 
Louisiana-Lafayette 
Cortni Emanuel
Infield 
Georgia 
Jailyn Ford
Pitcher 
James Madison 
Megan Good
Pitcher
James Madison 
Delanie Gourley
Pitcher 
Florida 
Sara Groenewegen
Pitcher 
Minnesota 
Kylee Hanson
Pitcher 
Florida Atlantic 
Sierra Lawrence
Outfield 
Michigan 
Sydney Littlejohn
Pitcher 
Alabama 
Haylie McCleney
Outfield
Alabama 
Kelsey Nunley
Pitcher 
Kentucky 
Aleshia Ocasio
Pitcher 
Florida 
Paige Parker
Pitcher 
Oklahoma 
Erika Piancastelli
Catcher 
McNeese State 
Alex Powers
Infield 
Florida State 
Rochelle Roberts
Outfield 
Louisiana-Monroe 
Sierra Romero
Infield 
Michigan 
Lindsey Stephens
Outfield 
Texas 
Karley Wester
Outfield 
Notre Dame 
Morgan Zerkle
Outfield 
Marshall 

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