Additional athletes added to 2016 USA Softball rosters

May 24, 2016, 11:33 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – With the 2016 international calendar quickly approaching, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today additions to two USA Softball National Teams that will compete this summer both in the U.S. and abroad.  A member of the 2015 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship (JWWC) Gold Medalist team, Paige Halstead (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) will now join the 2016 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) roster, while an additional eight athletes have been added to the USA Softball Women’s Elite Team roster. 

Additions to the USA Softball Women's Elite Team Roster:

Ali Aguilar (Orangevale, Calif.) - Washington - JR
Allexis Bennett (Corona, Calif.) - UCLA - SR
Hannah Flippen (Bonita, Calif.) - Utah - JR
Delanie Gourley (Lakeside, Calif.) - Florida - JR
Carley Hoover (Clemson, S.C.) - LSU - SO
Madeline Jelenicki (Santa Clarita, Calif.) - UCLA - SO

Amanda Lorenz (Moorpark, Calif.) - Florida - FR
Mysha Sataraka (Honolulu, Hawaii) - UCLA - 2016

Click here for the complete rosters for both the USA Softball WNT and Elite Team

Representing the U.S. this summer as a member of the USA Softball WNT, Halstead has had a stellar breakout season in her first year at UCLA.  Most recently honored to the First Team All-Pac-12 Conference All-Freshman Team, Halstead has previous international experience, having competed at the World Cup of Softball X and WBSC JWWC last summer.  Halstead finished the 2015 summer with a .273 (6-for-22) batting average, seven RBI and seven runs scored.  Halstead and the USA Softball WNT will compete later this summer in the World Cup of Softball XI, a Japan vs. USA All-Star Series, the XV WBSC Women's World Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada and the Japan Cup. 

Representing the U.S. for the first time in their career, the additional eight athletes to the USA Softball Women’s Elite Team roster, will participate in a series of exhibition games against the USA Softball WNT in addition to the World Cup of Softball XI.  The Women's Elite Team will also participate in exhibition games at the USA Softball JO Cup in Marietta, Ga.  

For updates on the USA Softball Women’s National Team and events throughout the 2016 season visit www.ASAUSASoftball.com.


About ASA/USA Softball
Founded in 1933, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball is the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, ASA/USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.2 million.  ASA/USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of 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 nine World Championship titles as well as claimed eight World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about ASA/USA Softball, please visit http://www.asausasoftball.com/.

About the World Baseball Softball Confederation

Headquartered in the Olympic Capital city of Lausanne, Switzerland, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) was established in April 2013 and granted recognition as the sole competent authority in baseball and softball by the International Olympic Committee at the 125th IOC Session in September 2013. The WBSC represents a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes worldwide and attract approximately 150 million fans annually to stadiums worldwide.

The WBSC governs all international competitions involving any of the National Teams of its 141 National Federation members.  The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and the U-12, U-15, U-18, U-21 and Women's Baseball World Cups.  For further information, please go to www.WBSC.org or follow the WBSC on Twitter at @WBSC.