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Davis, Fuqua, and Zanic to take on USA Softball National Team

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News release courtesy of the Presidents' Athletic Conference

http://pacathletics.org/news/2014/5/28/SB_0528140852.aspx

GREENVILLE, Pa. (pacathletics.org)GREENVILLE, Pa. (pacathletics.org) – Ashley Davis, Christina Fuqua, and head coach Van Zanic will represent Geneva College as a group of recent Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) graduates has been extended an invitation by the West Virginia Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) to participate in an exhibition doubleheader against the 2014 USA Softball Women's National Team.

The event, presented by West Virginia ASA and The Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be held Thursday, July 3 at 6 p.m. at Hawley Field in Morgantown, W.Va.

Hawley Field has been the home of West Virginia University's baseball team since 1971.

Individual general admission tickets will be available for $15; VIP seating will be available for $20, while children under five will be admitted for free. An autograph session for all ticket holders is also scheduled to follow the doubleheader.

"This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of these ladies. Having the opportunity to not only compete, but spend time with, some of the best softball players in the world is very exciting. It is a great way for some of the best players in the PAC to cap off their collegiate careers. I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to coach such a tremendous collection of softball players and outstanding young women," said Geneva College director of athletic and head softball coach Van Zanic.

Working alongside Zanic with the PAC team will be Bethany College associate director of athletics and head softball coach Jan Forsty and Waynesburg University head softball coach Lou Giachetti.

West Virginia ASA and Commissioner Andy Dooley played a lead role in securing this unique opportunity for the PAC and the collection of some of the league's top performers.

"Events like this really help to expose the younger female softball players in West Virginia to USA Softball. We've hosted other successful events in Glenville (W.Va.) with the Junior Women and in Summersville (W.Va.) with the National Team, and believe the exhibition in Morgantown (W.Va.) on July 3 will assist us in continuing to build awareness of and support for West Virginia ASA and USA Softball in northern West Virginia," said Dooley. "It is important for our younger athletes to see first-hand that by working hard and attending camps and clinics that, one day, they could have the opportunity to be a part of the USA Softball program."

PAC representatives have also been invited to participate in the USA Softball Player Clinic, scheduled for Wednesday, July 2 at Hawley Field.

"What a great opportunity for softball players that compete at all levels of college ball have when the U.S. National Team plays an exhibition tour. What I have found in all my years coaching in these types of events, you never know who you may "discover" out there. At the same time, it is a competition that our opponents in these games will never forget," said U.S. National Team head coach Ken Eriksen.

Eriksen, a Stony Brook, N.Y. native, has been the head softball coach at the University of South Florida since 1997. He began serving as an assistant coach with the U.S. National Team in 2001, and took over as the head coach in 2011.

Twenty-six athletes have accepted invitations to the 2014 USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Camp, scheduled for June 8-19. These athletes will compete in a series of practices and exhibition games in hopes of making the final 17-player roster that will compete for Team USA throughout the summer. The final roster will be announced on USASoftball.com on June 22.

PAC Softball Roster

No.

Name

School

Pos.

Hometown/High School

3

Christina Fuqua

Geneva College

2B

Derwood, Md. / Richard Montogomery

5

Ronni Burns

Thomas More College

P

Dayton, Ohio / Carroll

7

Lindsey Daniels

Saint Vincent College

SS

Imperial, Pa. / West Allegheny

8

Ali House

Thiel College

OF

Liberty, Ohio / Liberty

9

Jenn Stefano

Chatham University

C

Connellsville, Pa. / Connellsville

10

Alex Walter

Thomas More College

3B

Lebanon, Ohio / Lebanon

11

Carrie Maier

Waynesburg University

P

Greensburg, Pa. / Greensburg-Salem

13

Ally Vrcek

Saint Vincent College

P

Murrysville, Pa. / Franklin Regional

15

Ashley Davis

Geneva College

SS

New Middletown, Ohio / Springfield Local

17

Lauren Stoczynski

Westminster College

1B

Erie, Pa. / Harbor Creek

19

Jasmine Blackwell

Waynesburg University

OF

Moon Township, Pa. / Moon Area

20

Kelsey Cunningham

Washington & Jefferson College

SS/C

McMurray, Pa. / Peters Township

21

Stefaney Turner

Thomas More College

C/1B

Franklin, Ohio / Carlisle

22

Ashley Dolan

Thiel College

2B

Export, Pa. / Franklin Regional

24

Kelsey Squelch

Westminster College

2B

Pittsburgh, Pa. / Perry Traditional

28

Ashley Needy

Bethany College

UT

Chicago, Ill. / Marist

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