CHAVANNE, GIBSON NAMED TO 2013 USA SOFTBALL WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
OKLAHOMA CITY --
Tennessee's Raven Chavanne and Lauren Gibson have been selected to the
18-player roster for the 2013 USA Softball Women's National Team, as
announced by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA
Softball on Friday.
The roster was finalized on
Friday following a three-day selection camp at the ASA Hall of Fame
complex in Oklahoma City. The 18-player team will regroup in July for
its first competition, the World Cup of Softball, which will run from
July 11-14 in Oklahoma City.
Team USA will compete
in three separate events in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Following the World Cup, the Women's National Team is slated to compete
July 16-22 at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship
in Surrey, B.C., Canada and August 5-18 at an International Softball
Federation (ISF) Women's World Championship/Pan American Games
qualifier in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
USF head coach
Ken Eriksen will serve as the head coach for the National Team.
Tennessee co-head coach Karen Weekly will serve as an assistant coach
in addition to Oregon State head coach Laura Berg, Golden West College
head coach Suzy Brazney, LSU assistant coach Howard Dobson and Oregon
head coach Mike White.
Chavanne last represented
the U.S. in 2010 as a member of the USA Softball Women's Futures
National Team. In the KFC World Cup of Softball V, she hit .389
(7-for-18) with three runs, two stolen bases and one RBI. She went
3-for-3 in a 2-1 upset of 2008 Olympic Gold Medal team Japan and had a
key RBI single in the Americans' 9-3 win over Canada in the tournament.
a senior in 2013, Chavanne hit .435 (19th nationally) with a career
highs of seven home runs, 33 RBIs, 70 runs and 41 stolen bases. She was
named the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year and was also a
Top 3 Finalist for USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year
and a finalist for the Senior Class Award. She was also a First Team
All-SEC, an SEC All-Defensive Team and an SEC All-Tournament selection.
Chavanne completed her incredible UT career as the school's all-time
leader in batting average (.442), runs (244), on-base percentage (.509)
and stolen bases (143). She was a four-time All-American and a
three-time first-team pick (2011, 2012, 2013). Chavanne and Monica
Abbott (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) are the only four-time All-Americans in
Tennessee softball history. Chavanne maintained the same level of
excellence in the classroom as she was also a three-time first-team
Academic All-American (2011, 2012, 2013).
was a member of the U.S. Senior National Team in 2011 and 2012. In
2012, Gibson led the U.S. team with a .500 batting average and tied for
the team lead with 24 hits. The 2012 team won gold in the World Cup of
Softball VII and took silver in the Canadian Open Championship and the
ISF Fastpitch World Championships. In 2011, Gibson and the U.S. won
gold at the World Cup of Softball VI and the XVI Pan American Games.
She hit .529 with eight runs, one homer, one double, three triples and
eight RBIs during the 2011 Pan Ams.
had a career-best year as a senior, hitting .401 with personal highs of
19 home runs (15th-most in nation), 68 RBIs, 14 doubles, 68 runs, a
.538 on-base percentage and a .802 slugging percentage. Gibson was the
2013 SEC Player of the Year and earned NFCA All-American first-team
honors for the third consecutive year (2011, 2012, 2013). She became
just the fifth Lady Vol to become a three-time All-American, joining
Abbott (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007), Chavanne (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013),
Tonya Callahan (2006, 2007, 2008) and Lindsay Schutzler (2005, 2006,
2007). Gibson was also a Top 10 Finalist for USA Softball National
Collegiate Player of the Year, a First Team All-SEC, SEC All-Defensive
Team and SEC All-Tournament selection. Gibson's 19 home runs in 2013
set a new Tennessee single-season record. She finished her career
ranked in the in the top 3 of many Tennessee offensive categories,
including home runs (46, second), RBIs (216, third), slugging
percentage (.644, tied for third) and on-base percentage (.484, tied
Ticket information for World Cup of Softball VIII, which will be held July 11-14 in Oklahoma City can be found HERE.
2013 USA Softball Women's National Team:
Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif./California 2012)
Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Oklahoma junior)
Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Tennessee 2013)
Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Michigan 2012)
Aimee Creger (Yukon, Okla./Tulsa senior)
Amber Freeman (Lakewood, Calif./Arizona State junior)
Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md./Tennessee 2013)
Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas/Texas 2013)
Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo./Missouri 2013)
Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif./Oklahoma senior)
Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif./Oregon 2013)
Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla./Florida 2012)
Sara Nevins (Pinellas Park, Fla./South Florida senior)
Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif./Oklahoma 2013)
Kourtney Salvarola (Arnold, Md./South Florida senior)
Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga./Missouri 2011)
Taylor Thom (Cedar Park, Texas/Texas senior)
Lindsey Ziegenhirt (Elk Grove, Calif./California 2013)