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May 17, 2012
STARKVILLE, Miss. – A total of 18 softball student-athletes representing seven Atlantic Coast Conference schools have been honored as members of the 2012 National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Division I All-Region teams, which were announced today by the NFCA.
Six ACC student-athletes earned first-team honors, including three Maryland Terrapins in the Mid-Atlantic Region: Candice Beards, Kendra Knight, and Vangie Galindo. Boston College’s Nicole D’Argento and Virginia Tech’s Lauren Gaskill were also named to the first team in the Mid-Atlantic, and North Carolina’s Ally Blake represented the Tar Heels on the Southeast’s first team.
Virginia Tech, which made a run to the final game of the ACC Championship and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament, had a league-high four players recognized. Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia had three student-athletes named apiece.
Among the 18 selections, 12 were named first or second team All-ACC and 14 will compete in the regional round of the 2012 NCAA Softball Championship this weekend.
A total of 263 players representing 129 different institutions comprise this season’s regional teams, including first and second teams for each region. The all-region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each region, and all the honorees will now be eligible for selection to one of three 2012 NFCA Division I All-American teams.
The 2012 NFCA Division I All-America teams will be announced at 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 30, on NFCA.org.
ACC Student-Athletes on NFCA All-Region First Team
|Nicole D'Argento||UT/P||Boston College||Mid-Atlantic|
|Ally Blake||DP/UT-Non-P||North Carolina||Southeast|
|Lauren Gaskill||OF||Virginia Tech||Mid-Atlantic|
|Shayla Jackson||OF||Florida State||Southeast|
|Tiffani Brown||2B||Florida State||Southeast|
|Hope Rush||UT/P||Georgia Tech||Southeast|
|Kelsi Weseman||3B||Georgia Tech||Southeast|
|Kelli Wheeler||OF||North Carolina||Southeast|
|Lori Spingola||P||North Carolina||Southeast|
|Courtney Liddle||1B||Virginia Tech||Mid-Atlantic|
|Jasmin Harrell||P||Virginia Tech||Mid-Atlantic|
|Kelsey Mericka||3B||Virginia Tech||Mid-Atlantic|