2016 University Athletic Association Softball Championship Preview

2016 University Athletic Association Softball Championship Preview

The 2016 University Athletic Association Softball Championship – featuring Brandeis University, Case Western Reserve University, Emory University, the University of Rochester, Washington University (Mo.) and New York University – will be played from Tuesday, March 8th – Sunday, March 13th at the Seminole County Softball Complex in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Coverage
Box scores, tournament statistics and standings will be updated on the official tournament website.

Overview
This year marks the 21st-annual UAA Softball Championship Tournament and the 16th-consecutive year of competition in Altamonte Springs, Florida.  Each team will play 10 games, facing all five opponents twice.

Emory and WashU shared the 2015 UAA title.  The Eagles captured their eighth championship, while the Bears earned their ninth.

The Spartans, who finished with a program best 32-11 record in 2015 and placed fourth at the 2015 UAA Championships tournament, return 10 players from last year's team including junior pitcher and outfielder Annie Wennerberg, who earned All-UAA Co-Player of the Year, while leading Division III in home runs. The Spartans, on a five-game winning streak, have started the 2016 season with a 5-3 mark. 

Moving up 14 spots in the latest NFCA national rankings released on March 2, Emory is currently No. 4. and is returning four All-UAA players, more than any other program set to compete at the 2016 tournament. WashU has moved up five spots in the latest NFCA polls to No. 3 and returns senior pitcher Annie Pitkin, last season's UAA Co-Player of the Year. Rochester, having made it to post-season play the past two years, returns seven players with starting experience this seasonBrandeis finished the 2015 season on a seven-game winning streak and closed with an 11-2 overall record at home. The Judges return 11 members from the previous year's roster. NYU is in their second season as a varsity program and in their first year earned 12 total wins.

Since 2001, six Association teams have made 41 appearances in the NCAA tournament.

Tournament Schedule

Tuesday, March 8th

10:00 AM

New York U. at Case Western Reserve

Field 4

1:00 PM

Case Western Reserve at Emory

Field 3

Wednesday, March 9th

10:00 AM

Case Western Reserve at Rochester

Field 3

1:00 PM

Brandeis at Case Western Reserve

Field 5

Thursday, March 10th

10:00 AM

Washington U. at Case Western Reserve

Field 5

Friday, March 11th

10:00 AM

Case Western Reserve at New York U.

Field 4

1:00 PM

Emory at Case Western Reserve

Field 3

Saturday, March 12th

10:00 AM

Rochester at Case Western Reserve

Field 3

1:00 PM

Case Western Reserve at Brandeis 

Field 5

Sunday, March 13th

10:00 AM

Case Western Reserve at Washington U.

Field 5

 

Case Western Reserve Spartans
2015 Record: 32-11
2015 NCAA Finish: Did not qualify
2015 UAA Record/ Finish: 5-5 / 4th
UAA Championships: 4 – 2014 (tie), 1999, 1998 and 1997
Head Coach (Career Record/ Yrs): Josie Henry (126-79 / 6)
2015 Team Average / ERA: .371 / 4.17 | Complete Season Stats
Returning All-UAA Tournament Players: None
Returning All-UAA Players: Annie Wennerberg (First Team, Jr., P/OF *Co-Player of the Year) and Katie Wede (First Team, So., OF)

Brandeis Judges
2015 Record: 21-14
2015 NCAA Finish: Did not qualify
2015 UAA Record/ Finish: 3-7 / 5th
UAA Championships: 1 - 1995
Head Coach (Career Record/ Yrs): Danielle DelPonte (NA / First)
2015 Team Average/ ERA: .342 / 4.02 | Complete Season Stats
Returning All-UAA Tournament Players: None
Returning All-UAA Players: None

Emory Eagles
2015 Record: 34-9
2015 NCAA Finish: NCAA Division III Super Regional (top 16)
2015 UAA Record/ Finish: 8-2 / T-1st
UAA Championships: 8 – 2015 (tie), 2014 (tie), 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2003, 2002 and 2001
Head Coach (Career Record/ Yrs): Penny Siqueiros (560-165-1 / 17)
2015 Team Average/ ERA: .329/ 2.64 | Complete Season Stats
Returning All-UAA Tournament Players: Hannah Sendel (Sr., IF), Sydney Carpenter (Sr., P), Tara Fallahee (Jr., IF) and Ashley Powers (So., IF).
Returning All-UAA Players: Hannah Sendel (Sr., IF), Sydney Carpenter (Sr., P), Alyssa Pollard (Sr., OF) and Ashley Powers (So., IF).

NYU Violets
2015 Record: 12-24
2015 NCAA Finish: Did not qualify
2015 UAA Record/Finish: 0-10 / 7th
UAA Championships: 0 
Head Coach (Career Record/ Yrs): Now-Allah James (12-24 / 2)
2015 Team Average/ ERA: .330 / 5.30 | Complete Season Stats
Returning All-UAA Tournament Players: Katie Wede (So., OF)
Returning All-UAA Players: Kahala Bonsignore (First Team, Sr., IF) and Sage Scheiwiller (Second Team, So., P)

Rochester Yellowjackets
2015 Record: 29-13
2015 NCAA Finish: NCAA Division III Championships (top eight)
2015 UAA Record/ Finish: 6-4 / 3rd
UAA Championships: 1 - 2007
Head Coach (Career Record/ Yrs): Margaret Yerdon-Grange (161-95 / 7)
2015 Team Average / ERA: .320 / 2.50 | Complete Season Stats
Returning All-UAA Tournament Players: Kayla Kibling (Sr., IF)
Returning All-UAA Players: Eleni Wechsler (Second Team, Jr., P/IF)

WashU Bears
2015 Record: 33-13
2015 NCAA Finish: NCAA Division III Regional
2015 UAA Record/ Finish: 8-2 / T-1st
UAA Championships: 9 – 2015 (tie), 2014 (tie), 2009, 2008, 2007 (tie), 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2000
Head Coach (Career Record/ Yrs): Leticica Pineda-Boutte (337-147 / 11)
2015 Team Average/ ERA: .340 / 2.01 | Complete Season Stats
Returning All-UAA Tournament Players: Annie Pitkin (Sr., P)
Returning All-UAA Players: Annie Pitkin (First Team, Sr., P *Co-Player of the Year), Hannah Merle (Second Team, Jr., OF) and Janet Taylor (Second Team, Jr., OF)