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USA Women to Compete at 2007 Japan Cup

Nov. 15, 2007, 11:47 a.m. (ET)

USA Women to Compete at 2007 Japan Cup

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) announced today that the USA Women’s National Team is back in action tomorrow after a stellar summer season that saw the team take home three gold medals. The USA National Team returns to the Japan Cup in Yokohama, Japan opening up play tomorrow with China at 3:30 p.m. local time.

The team was selected at the selection camp in September and will be the team that returns to Beijing, China to defend the United State’s three gold medals. At the Japan Cup, they will compete against China and Australia before the Medal game on Sun. 18.

Since 2003, the U.S. has a 10-2 record with two gold medals at the Japan Cup. The team finished in silver in 2005 against host team Japan.

This team returns all members of the 2007 World Cup Championship team along with the addition of Stacey Nuveman and Lisa Fernandez. The team is again led by Head Coach Mike Candrea who will coach his second Olympic team in 2008.This will be the final International competition before the team kicks off its Bound 4 Beijing Tour on Feb. 19 against 2007 National Champion Arizona Wildcats.

About ASA

The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 84 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.

About USA Softball

USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive as well as claimed two World Cup of Softball titles.