@ACCSoftball Student-Athletes Receive NFCA All-Region Recognition


Twenty student-athletes receive all-region recognition

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) –A total of 20 softball student-athletes representing seven Atlantic Coast Conference schools have been honored as members of the 2014 National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Division I All-Region teams, which were announced today by the NFCA.

Twelve ACC student-athletes earned first-team honors in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions, including ACC Player of the Year Maddie O’Brien, ACC Pitcher of the Year Lacey Waldrop and ACC Freshman of the Year Karley Wester.

Notre Dame, which advanced to the championship game of the ACC Championship and earned a bid to the NCAA Championship, had a league-high seven players recognized. ACC Champion Florida State had three representatives, along with three apiece from Virginia Tech and Boston College. Syracuse had two players honored, while North Carolina and Pitt had one each.

The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association’s 10 regions with first, second and third teams selected for each region. The all-region teams were voted on by NFCA member coaches from each respective region, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to one of three 2014 NFCA Division I All-America teams.

The 2014 NFCA Division I All-America teams will be announced at approximately 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 28, via NFCA.org.

ACC Student-Athletes on NFCA All-Region First Team                      

Name                              Pos.                        School                       Region

Laura Winter                  P                              Notre Dame              Mid-Atlantic

Cassidy Whidden          C                              Notre Dame              Mid-Atlantic

Micaela Arizmendi       1B                           Notre Dame              Mid-Atlantic

Kylie McGoldrick          2B                           Virginia Tech           Mid-Atlantic

Karley Wester                OF                           Notre Dame              Mid-Atlantic

Emilee Koerner             OF                           Notre Dame              Mid-Atlantic

Sydney O'Hara               UT/P                      Syracuse                 Mid-Atlantic

Jasmine Watson            DP/UT-Non-P       Syracuse                    Mid-Atlantic

Lacey Waldrop              P                              Florida State             Southeast

Jenna Kelly                     1B                           North Carolina         Southeast

Maddie O'Brien             SS                            Florida State             Southeast

Courtney Senas              OF                           Florida State             Southeast

ACC Student-Athletes on NFCA All-Region Second Team

Name                              Pos.                        School                       Region

Tory Speer                      C                              Boston College         Mid-Atlantic

Jenna Simon                   2B                           Notre Dame              Mid-Atlantic

Katey Haus                     3B                           Notre Dame              Mid-Atlantic

Carly Thea                      OF                           Pitt                              Mid-Atlantic

ACC Student-Athletes on NFCA All-Region Third Team                    

Name                              Pos.                        School                       Region

Nicole D'Argento           P                              Boston College         Mid-Atlantic

Katey Smith                    C                              Virginia Tech           Mid-Atlantic

Vanessa Gonzalez         OF                           Virginia Tech           Mid-Atlantic

Megan Cooley                OF                           Boston College         Mid-Atlantic