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Florida State Softball Signs Five Players For 2000-2001

Feb. 3, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State Softball Head Coach Dr. JoAnne
Graf has announced the signing of five players from the fall signing period
to National Letters of Intent to play for the Lady Seminoles in the
2000-2001 academic year. The group consists of three players from
California in catcher/outfielder Julie Jordan of Garden Grove, pitcher
Jessica van der Linden of Cerritos and catcher/outfielder Elise Velasco of
Hesperia, one player from Georgia in Marietta native Skyla Cox and a junior
college transfer, outfielder Monique Marier, from Lake City, Fla.

“I very excited about this class of incoming players,” Graf said.
“We expect to see immediate playing time from all five, because this is the
kind of group that will help take us to the next level and help us compete
for a national championship.”

Skyla Cox will join the squad from Marietta, Ga., where she plays
for Walton High School. A four-year letterwinner in softball, Cox was named
the best defensive player from 1997-99 and was a member of the Georgia
state champion team in 1998. A team captain, Cox was a second team
all-state selection in 1999 after receiving honorable mention honors in
1998. Cox has twice earned Marietta Daily Journal Player of the Week honors
and both Georgia high school Player of the Week and Atlanta
Journal-Constitution Athlete of the Week honors once. Cox plays summer ball
for the East Cobb Force and was named the best defensive player from
1996-99 as well as being a member of the ASA U-18 state champion team.

Julie Jordan will come to FSU from Garden Grove, Calif. A catcher
and outfielder for Pacifica High School, Jordan has been a softball
letterwinner for four years while also playing volleyball. She has earned
honor roll distinction all four years and was named to the principal’s list
as a sophomore, junior and senior. Jordan was named the Scholar Athlete of
the Year at her school in 1998-99. During the summer, Jordan plays for the
Firecrackers-Gold which finished seventh at the ASA Gold Nationals.

Jessica van der Linden, a pitcher from Cerritos, Calif., will join
the Lady Seminoles from Cerritos High School. A California Interscholastic
Federation (CIF) first team selection in 1997 and 1999, van der Linden was
pegged the CIF Player of the Year in 1999. She was a second team selection
in 1998. The honors started coming in for van der Linden in her freshman
season as she was named to the all-league first team, the league’s most
valuable player and Cerritos High School’s rookie of the year. She also
received Cerritos High’s Most Valuable Player honors from 1997-99 and
earned the Varsity Softball Athletic Award. The Long Beach Press Telegram
named her to their Dream Team from 1997-99 and she was a member of the CIF
Southern Section Division II Champion team in 1999 and runner up team in
1998. Van der Linden is a member of the Orange County Batbusters, who
finished fourth at the ASA Nationals in 1999 and ninth in 1997. She also
played for the Puerto Rican National Team in June of 1999 as part of the
Olympic Qualifier, which was played in Venezuela.

Elise Velasco, a catcher/outfielder from Hesperia, Calif., is a
three-year letterwinner from A.B. Miller High School. She was named the
Rookie of the Year as a freshman and earned all-league first team honors as
a freshman and sophomore. Velasco is also a three-year scholar athlete and
was named the Offensive Player of the Year in 1999. She is a member of the
U-18 California Gold team Hot Stuff where she batted a .455 as a junior.

Monique Marier will become a Lady Seminole after playing for nearby
Lake City Community College for two years. The outfielder from Lake City,
Fla., was an NFCA and NJCAA first team All-American selection last year
after leading the nation with 27 home runs and 104 RBI’s. Marier was named
a first team all-conference and all-state selection in 1999 and was named
to the all-state tournament team while garnering the Florida Player of the
Year honors. She was a four-year letterwinner, all-conference and
all-county selection in high school and is a member of the Clearwater High
School Hall of Fame. During the summer, Marier plays for the Clearwater
Bullets.

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