#ACCSoftball Student-Athletes Receive NFCA All-Region Recognition

May 19, 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A total of 10 softball student-athletes representing five Atlantic Coast Conference schools have been honored as members of the 2011 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I All-Region Teams, which were announced today by the NFCA. The league tallied five first-team and five second-team selections.

Georgia Tech junior shortstop Kelsi Weseman, the 2011 ACC Player of the Year, collected first team accolades in the Southeast Region, while Maryland senior Kerry Hickey, the 2011 ACC Pitcher of the Year, was named to the Mid-Atlantic Region first team. Joining Hickey on the Mid-Atlantic Region first team were teammate Vangie Galindo, a junior outfielder, and the Virginia Tech duo of sophomore first baseman Courtney Liddle and freshman shortstop Dani Anderson.

Named to the Mid-Atlantic Region second team were Maryland freshman pitcher Ashley Czechner and her teammate, junior first baseman Bree Hanafin, along with Virginia junior outfielder Giannina Cipolloni and Virginia Tech junior catcher Betty Rose. NC State senior third baseman Bridget Desbois was a Southeast Region second-team selection.

Among the 10 selections, six were named first or second team All-ACC. A total of five will compete in the regional round of the 2011 NCAA Softball Championship this weekend. Maryland will host a regional, while Georgia Tech travels to Knoxville, Tenn., and Florida State visits Athens, Ga. All three teams are in action Friday.

A total of 259 student-athletes from 127 different institutions make up the 2011 all-region teams. The teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each region, and all honorees are eligible for All-America selection, which will be announced Wednesday, June 1.

ACC Student-Athletes on Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Region First Team
Name Yr. Pos. School Region
Kelsi Weseman Jr. SS Georgia Tech Southeast
Vangie Galindo Jr. OF Maryland Mid-Atlantic
Kerry Hickey Sr. P Maryland Mid-Atlantic
Dani Anderson Fr. SS Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic
Courtney Liddle So. 1B Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic

ACC Student-Athletes on Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Region Second Team
Name Yr. Pos. School Region
Bridget Desbois Sr. 3B NC State Southeast
Ashley Czechner Fr. P Maryland Mid-Atlantic
Bree Hanafin Jr. 1B Maryland Mid-Atlantic
Giannina Cipolloni Jr. OF Virginia Mid-Atlantic
Betty Rose Jr. C Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic