Nine Student-Athletes Represent the NWC on NFCA All-Region Teams

Nine Student-Athletes Represent the NWC on NFCA All-Region Teams

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LOUISVILLE, Ken. --- The NWC landed a total of nine student-athletes on the 2018 West Region First through third teams, announced the National Fastpitch Coaching Association. George Fox and Linfield each had four student-athletes receiving honors, while Pacific Lutheran had one. 

Sophomore Roni Braun earned first-team honors, while Madison Sorensen was named second team, and Alussa Gonzalez and Annie Veatch both landed on the third team. This marks the most All-Region athletes the Bruins have recorded and the second time in the program's history the Bruins have had athletes named to the list

For Linfield, senior outfielder Melanie Oord earned first team honors, while senior centerfielder Cheyenne Fletcher and senior catcher Emily Allen were second team selections. Sophomore shortstop Makenna Clizer was named to the third team all-West Region roster.

Linfield reached the NCAA Division III Super Regionals before falling on the road to third-ranked Texas-Tyler. The Wildcats began the season unranked but rose to a No. 9 national ranking, ended their season with an overall record of 39-10.

Robillard earns a spot on the All-West Region First Team as a utility player and is one of just three Northwest Conference student-athletes to land First Team laurels. A First Team All-NWC selection and the NWC Freshman of the Year, Robillard made a big impact for the Lutes in her first season on the diamond.

The NFCA made its announcement Wednesday with 360 players chosen on the coveted 2018 NFCA Division III All-Region softball teams. George Fox and Linfield were two of eight other teams to put four players on the list. Five schools placed the maximum amount of six players on their respective All-Region teams. 

The All-Region players are nominated and selected by NFCA member coaches in each of the eight NCAA Div. III regions. First-team All-Region choices are eligible for selections to the NFCA All-America team, which will be announced the evening of May 23 online at and in person at the NCAA Div. III Championship banquet in Oklahoma City.

NFCA Softball DIII West First-Team

Pos – Name - School

UT - Kennedy Robillard – Pacific Lutheran

OF Melanie Oord – Linfield

At Large - Roni Braun – George Fox


NFCA Softball DIII West Second-Team

Pos – Name - School

P - Madison Sorenson – George Fox

OF - Cheyenne Fletcher – Linfield

At Large - Emily Allen - Linfield


NFCA Softball DIII West Third-Team

Pos – Name - School


At Large – Makenna Clizer – Linfield

At Large – Alyssa Gonzalez – George Fox

At Large - Annie Veatch – George Fox