Charger Trio Garners All-American Accolades

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Daktronics announced their respective softball All-American teams on Wednesday, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville was represented by three of its student-athletes on both squads.

Stephanie Needham headlined the trio as she was named to the First Team on both lists. Earning her second appearance on the NFCA First Team, Mary Kelley was also a Second Team honoree by Daktronics, and Cortney McNett landed on the NFCA Second Team while landing among those who earned Honorable Mention accolades from Daktronics.

Among the NFCA selections, the Chargers tied with Cal State Monterey Bay and Indianapolis for placing the most on the First Team with the pair, and overall UAH and Valdosta State were second in the nation with the three total selections.

The NFCA teams are voted on by member coaches, while Division II's sports information directors selected the Daktronics list.

Needham earns the pair of honors after concluding her senior campaign, a fantastic effort that saw the first baseman hit .468 including 19 home runs while driving in 67 runs en route to being named the Daktronics South Region Player of the Year.

Selected to the NFCA First Team a year ago as a freshman, Kelley followed that up with a showing this year that included a .394 average for the utility player, and the sophomore led the Gulf South Conference with 23 doubles.

In her first season in the Blue and White, McNett finished second on the squad with a .404 average, and the sophomore catcher belted 11 homers while knocking in 46 runs.