PHILADELPHIA – Six players will join the University of Pennsylvania’s softball team for the 2014 season, head coach Leslie King announced today. Leah Allen, Courtney Cuzick, Lainey Dorris, Sydney Kranzmann, Alexis Sargent, and Cedar Slovacek will join the defending Ivy League champions as members of the Class of 2017.
“We are very excited about the Class of 2017,” said King, who coached her team to a program-first NCAA Tournament berth last season. “This class has a nice balance of pitching, power hitting, and speed.”
The Quakers had much to celebrate last season with the program’s second Ivy League title and first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Red and Blue finished their season 30-20 overall and 16-4 in the Ivy League, playing a pair of nationally-televised games on ESPN in the national tournament.
Despite graduating seven seniors, the Quakers are looking ahead to another successful season.
“The incoming athletes have all played at a high level and should be able to step right in where the team needs them,” King said. “They are a dynamic group that has already developed great chemistry, and we are looking forward to seeing the impact they make.”
Meet the Penn Softball Class of 2017
LEAH ALLEN - OF
High School: Four-year letterwinner in softball … Captain and team MVP as a junior and senior … Career record holder in homeruns (22) … Set single-season homerun record (9) in 2013 … Offensive MVP (2012) … Defensive MVP (2011) … Rookie of the Year (2010) … Four-year first-team All-Howard County … Howard County Player of the Year (2012) … First-team All-Frederick Gazette (2010, 2011) … First-team All-Metro (2012, 2013) … Three-time Howard County champion (2010, 2012, 2013) … Was also 2A South Regional champion and District V champion in 2010 … Two-time indoor track letterwinner … 2A Central champion (2012) … 2A Central 4X400 Meter Relay champion (2012) … National Honor Society member … Class Vice President … Fellowship of Christian Athletes member … Co-founder of the Gladiators on the Horizon Mentorship program.
Personal: Daughter of Carol and Harold Allen … Cousin, Jade Ellis, competed in long and triple jump at Duke (2005-09) and holds the school record in both events … Summer softball teammate Amanda Gisonni plays at Penn … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences and plans to study communications.
Coach King on Leah: “Leah is a multi-tool athlete that can hit a homerun or drop a bunt down on you. She has a combination of speed and power that we think will make a difference.”
COURTNEY CUZICK - P
High School: All-American (2013) … Captain and four-year letterwinner … Two-time All-State (2012-13) … Two-time league champion (2011, 2012) … Four-time All-League and All-County (2010-13) … Three-time All-CIF Southern Section (2011-13) … Also a captain and four-time golf letterwinner … All-League 2010-12 … Nominated to Titan Top Ten (2010-13) … AP Scholar.
Personal: Daughter of Karen and Walt Cuzick … Club teammates, Kayla Bose and Claire Klausner, playing for Princeton … Club teammate, Catherine Callaway, playing for Harvard … Enrolled in Wharton with a concentration in business.
Coach King on Courtney: “Courtney is a terrific competitor. We expect her to not only add depth to our pitching rotation but also toughness and tenacity.”
LAINEY DORRIS - OF
Winter Springs, Fla./Winter Springs
High School: Team captain … Two-time District champion (2011, 2012) … Regional champion (2011) … Named MVP in 2013 … Softball Scholar-Athlete (2011-2013) … Also lettered in weightlifting … Weightlifting Scholar-Athlete (2011) … National Honor Society member …English Honor Society member … Rho Kappa member … Beta Club member.
Personal: Daughter of Mindy Roth and Robert Dorris … Enrolled in Wharton with a concentration in actuarial science.
Coach King on Lainey: “Lainey is a terrific outfielder that will add depth to our squad. She has a great attitude and will to win. I’m sure we will find her diving around the outfield at Penn Park.”
SYDNEY KRANZMANN - IF
San Antonio, Texas/Saint Mary’s Hall
Saint Mary’s Hall: Four-year letterwinner as well as a captain … Three-time All-SPC (2010, 2012-13) … Three-time SPC All-South Zone (2010, 2012-13) … Two-time MVP (2010, 2013) … National English Honors Society member … Saint Mary’s Hall Literary Magazine … Armstrong Bennet Leadership Award recipient (2011-2013) … GOLD Youth Leadership Conference Delegate (2012).
Personal: Daughter of Holly and Rich Kranzmann … Played travel ball with the Texas Bombers Gold … Enrolled in Wharton.
Coach King on Sydney: “Sydney is going to be a very welcomed addition to our infield. I expect her to provide a defensive presence at both shortstop and second base.”
ALEXIS SARGENT - P
Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School
St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School: Captain and four-year letterwinner … Two-time league champion (2010, 2012) … Reached 1,000 strikeouts in 2013 … Three-time first-team All-State (2011-2013) … Four-time Softball Athlete of the Year at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School … All-Met strikeout leader in 2012 (335Ks over 154 innings) … Four-time first-team All-Independent School League … Four-time Alexandria Sportsman’s Club Player of the Year … St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School Daingerfield Ashton Model-Athlete Award recipient (2012-13) … Also captain and two-year basketball letterwinner … First-team All-Independent School League (2011) … Recipient of Saints Award (2012) … Cum Laude Society member … Dean’s List … Head of School List.
Personal: Daughter of Carol Ann Meares and John Francis Sargent … Second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do … Enrolled in Wharton.
Coach King on Alexis: “Alexis is a very talented pitcher who can also swing the bat. She will provide another strong arm in our rotation and some power to our batting lineup.”
CEDAR SLOVACEK – 1B/C
High School: Four-year letterwinner and captain … Two-time District champion and Corpus Christi ISD Tournament champion (2012-13) … Twice named Corpus Christi ISD All-Tournament (2012, 2013) … 2013 Woodlands Tournament champion … Defensive MVP (2013) … San Marcos ISD Tournament Champion (2012) … Academic All-State (2013) … Two-time first-team Academic All-District (2012, 2013) ... Two-time second-team Academic All-District (2010, 2011) … National Honor Society member … Student Council Executive Board … Mu Alpha Theta member.
Personal: Daughter of Barbra Gerard and Chuck Slovacek … Sister, Hannah, plays softball at Georgetown University … High school teammate, Kathy Dzienkowski, plays for Dartmouth … Enrolled in College of Arts and Sciences intending to major in Biological Basis of Behavior.
Coach King on Cedar: “Cedar is a tall and athletic First baseman. She can also catch if we need her to. She is a vocal leader with a strong bat that will impact our team.”