OKLAHOMA CITY (press release)—Tennessee sophomore Annie Aldrete and UT alums Raven Chavanne and Lauren Gibson are among 32 initial invitees for the 2015 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp, as announced by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball on Thursday.
The 2015 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp will be held Jan. 4–8 at Bill Barber Park in Irvine, Calif. Those athletes who accept the invitation to try out will vie for 17 spots on the 2015 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) roster that will compete at the World Cup of Softball X in July, 2015 and a spot on the 15-athlete roster that will compete in the 2015 Pan American Games, which will be held July 15-26 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Additional athletes may be invited to the USA Softball WNT Selection Camp at a later date. During the five-day selection process athletes will participate in position drills as well as simulated games and be evaluated by the Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC). The World Cup of Softball X will be held in Southern California. The Pan American Games will be held in Toronto.
Aldrete, a 2014 NFCA All-American and the 2014 NFCA Co-Freshman of the Year, was previously invited to the tryouts for the 2014 USA Softball Women’s National team selection camp.
Chavanne and Gibson are veterans with Team USA. Chavanne played for the Stars and Stripes in the summers of 2013 and 2014. Gibson has been a staple on Team USA from 2011–14. Both were on the 2014 USA Softball Women’s National Team, which went 28–6 this past summer and took silver in the ISF XIV World Championship and gold in the World Cup of Softball IX.
Chavanne and Gibson were two of Team USA’s brightest stars this past summer. Chavanne led the Red, White and Blue with a .464 batting average. She also tallied team best 10 stolen bases this summer in 12 attempts and finished with a .509 on-base percentage and a .536 slugging percentage.
Gibson hit. 310 and was one of the Americans’ main power threats, ranking second on the team in RBIs. Gibson totaled 23 runs and 11 walks and finished with a .398 on-base percentage, a .482 slugging percentage.