UCLABruins.com: Women’s Soccer

Story on UCLA’s first-year head coach B.J. Snow and the transition as he takes over one of the NCAA’s top women’s soccer programs, despite never having previously served as a collegiate head coach.

UCLA women’s soccer became one of the nation’s top programs during the 12-year tenure of head coach Jillian Ellis, as the program made seven straight College Cup appearances from 2003-09. But when Ellis departed Westwood to take on the Development Director position for U.S. Soccer, Senior Associate Athletic Director Ken Weiner didn’t have to look far to find her replacement. Then-assistant head coach B.J. Snow was selected to take over the program, foregoing a full national search for this coveted position. Read more…

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UCLABruins.com: Men’s Water Polo

Story on UCLA junior Josh Samuels, who will be playing water polo against his older brother, Albert, for perhaps the final time this Saturday at Loyola Marymount.

UCLA water polo junior Josh Samuels grew up as the youngest of three kids in Villa Park, Calif.

“We’ve been swimmers our whole lives,” said Samuels of himself and his siblings. Read more…

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NCAA.com: Softball

Story on ASA/USA Softball’s role in returning the sport of softball to the Olympic Programme. Again, a 1,000 word guideline.

As the International Softball Federation works towards reinstatement of softball to the Olympic Programme, ASA/USA Softball continues its work to build the game both within the United States and abroad.

As the World Cup of Softball VI is currently being played at the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) complex in Oklahoma City (July 21-25), ESPN’s involvement with the event is helping ASA/USA Softball to capitalize on the popularity of the sport domestically and increase exposure worldwide. Read more…

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NCAA.com: Softball

Feature story on the history of softball in the Olympic Games. Given 1,000 words to cover four quads of competition.

Softball spent four “quads” as an Olympic sport with a debut in 1996 and the final Olympic softball competitions taking place in Beijing in 2008.

The United States was a dominant force in international competition for decades prior to inclusion in the Olympic Games with American teams focusing on Pan-Am Games and World Championship titles. The sport was added to the Olympic Programme in a slightly unusual fashion in 1991. Read more…

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NCAA.com: Softball

Feature story on Arizona State outfielder Annie Lockwood, who nearly quit the team before changing positions and becoming a key starter for the Sun Devils.

Annie Lockwood’s Arizona State career started with a whimper.

Lockwood grew up in Phoenix, less than 20 minutes away from ASU’s campus. When she was singled out at the end of a softball camp and asked to walk on to the Sun Devils’ program, she decided almost immediately to do exactly that. Read more…

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NCAA.com: Softball

Feature story on Baylor shortstop Dani Leal, who moved to the United States from Mexico to play college softball.

Baylor senior shortstop Dani Leal was a high school student in her hometown of Mexico City, Mexico, when the softball coach at Pratt Community College came to town and held a tryout camp.

“I went just for fun,” Leal said. “I never thought he would call me. My senior year, he called me and wanted me to play for him.” Read more…

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NCAA.com: Softball

Feature on California sophomores Lindsey Ziegenhirt and Jolene Henderson, who have been playing together for over a decade.

Not many collegiate student-athletes can say that they’ve been playing with each other for more than a decade. But for Lindsey Ziegenhirt and Jolene Henderson, they’ve been playing together for so long that they first crossed paths in tee ball.

“We started on the Teal Tigers doing tee ball and rookie league and (Henderson) wasn’t even a pitcher at that time,” Ziegenhirt said. “We wound up reuniting later on a 12-and-under team and that’s when she was a pitcher and I was a catcher. We went to the same high school and obviously we’re at the same college. It’s been really fun.” Read more…

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NCAA.com: Softball

Feature story on Florida centerfielder Michelle Moultrie.

Michelle Moultrie became a Florida Gator because she was persistent.

A Jacksonville, Fla., native, Moultrie came late to the recruiting game. By the time she decided she wanted to attend Florida, she had also decided that she was going to give the Gator softball team her best shot. Read more…

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NCAA.com: Softball

Feature story on the Big 12 Conference leading in to the opening day of the 2011 WCWS.

The Big 12 did not plan to have a postseason tournament in 2011.

It appears that there will be one anyway, and it will even take place at the usual site of ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. But this time, it’s called the Women’s College World Series. Four Big 12 teams, first-place Missouri (52-8, 15-2 Big 12), fourth-place Baylor (44-13, 11-7), fifth-place Oklahoma (44-17, 10-8) and seventh-place Oklahoma State (42-18, 8-10) will take to the field on Thursday. Read more…

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