June 12, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Coming off an appearance in the NCAA Tournament Super Regional, one might think the Florida State University softball team would take the summer off to relax, but just the opposite is happening. Several members of this year’s squad will be playing in some of the biggest tournaments in the world, including a pair of players on national teams.
Sophomore Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) will play for the British National Team as a guest player and shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) will return home to play for the Venezuelan National Team. Freshmen Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.) and Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) and senior BillieAnne Gay (Tallahassee, Fla.) will play for a Wilson Select team at the Puerto Rican Olympic Festival.
“There are so many benefits for the players when they get a chance to play internationally,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “It a different experience for them and it exposes them to different types of pressure and different playing styles. I also think that it is not only a great playing experience, but just a great learning experience in life.”
After logging a Florida State and Atlantic Coast Conference record 329.1 innings this year, McDonald will be one of the top pitchers for the British team this summer. Her first competition will be the Francesco Sanna Women’s Fastpitch Tournament, June 11-15, in Sardinia, Italy.
The team will also play a game in the Czech Republic before returning to England for the London Cup, June 23-25. Her biggest event of the summer will be the World Cub of Softball, July 13-17, in Oklahoma City, Okla., where she will take on Team USA.
Check back to www.seminoles.com as she sends updates back from Europe througout the summer.
“It’s a great opportunity to play against some of the best competition in the world,” McDonald said. “Playing against that type of competition is only going to make me better for next season. It’s going to give me a different prospective on the game and really open my mind to new things.”
Alicart, who has been a member of the Venezuelan National Team since the age of 12, will play with the team for the majority of the summer. Highlighting the schedule will be the 2006 Canada Cup International Women’s Fastpitch Tournament, July 1-9, Surrey, British Columbia. This year Alicart set new Florida State single-season records for home runs (12) and doubles (19).
The three players in Puerto Rico will play a lot of softball in short amount of time. From June 13-18, the Wilson Select team will play 15-20 games. Besides the Puerto Rican National team, they will take on the Guatemalan National team and several club teams from Puerto Rico. The event will be held at the Albergue Olímpico Germán Rieckehoff in Salinas, Puerto Rico.
Florida State advanced to the NCAA Tournament Super Regional in Tempe, Ariz., after winning the Athens Regional. The Seminoles played in their 11th ACC Tournament title game and finished the year with a 44-30 record.