Washington U. Has 11 Named to UAA All-Association 25-Year Softball Team
25-YEAR UAA TEAM
St. Louis, Mo., March 25, 2013 — Washington University in St. Louis had 11 student-athletes named to the University Athletic Association (UAA) All-Association 25-Year Softball Team, announced by the Association in honor of its silver anniversary.
The team consists of each student-athlete who was named Most Valuable Player or accumulated five or more points with two points awarded for All-Association first-team recognition, and one point for second-team honors in her career. All-Tournament designation, an additional award that began in 2009, is based solely on tournament competition and was not considered for this award.
Highlighting the honorees for Washington University is the only player in softball history to earn Most Valuable Player honors four consecutive years, Laurel Sagartz, who accomplished the feat from 2004-07.
Emory University led the way with 14 players on the 25-year Anniversary team, including five who received Most Valuable Player accolades: Melissa Roberts (2001), Nicole Kovski (2002), Tamara Boggs (2003), Megan Light (2011) and Bridget Holloway (2012).
Ten other players from Washington University earned a spot on the All-UAA 25-year team, including five who joined Sagartz as four-time All-Association selections: Corissa Santos (2009-12), Claire Voris (2008-11), Ashton Hitchcock (2007-10), Monica Hanono (2003-06) and Victoria Ramsey (2002-05). Anne Gregory, Jamie Kressel, Amanda Roberts, Karli Stander and Liz Swary also were named to the anniversary team.
Erica Peterson of Brandeis University was the first UAA Most Valuable Player in 1995. Michelle Rizzo and Beth Marquardt of the University of Chicago earned back-to-back MVP honors in 1997 and 1998, while Adrienne Douglass and Becky Palmer of Case Western Reserve University were named Most Valuable Players in 1998 and 1999, respectively.
In 18 years, 31 teams from the UAA have earned a trip to the NCAA Division III Softball Championship. Emory reached the Division III World Series in 2002 (third place), 2003 (fourth place), and 2007 (sixth place), and Washington University finished as the national runner-up in 2007.