PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania's head softball coach, Leslie King, has announced the addition of six incoming freshmen in the Class of 2014. Kayla Dahlerbruch, Elysse Gorney, Georgia Guttadauro, Kristen Johnson, Laura Placentra, and Mikenzie Voves will join the Quakers for the spring 2011 season.
"I really like the balance of this class," said King. "There is strong pitching, speed, hitting and defense among these athletes. Coach Finley did an excellent job in assessing and recruiting this talented group."
The Class of 2014 - which hails from a total of five different states - will join Penn's fourteen returning letterwinners, including four All-Ivy honorees.
"They have already accomplished great things in their high school careers, and I fully expect them to come here and continue to improve. With the strong returning players we have, this class will solidify and deepen the team and allow us to put a very competitive lineup on the field this spring."
Class of 2014 Individual Bios
Elysse Gorney - 5'6"
Timber Creek/Orlando Fla.
High School: Four-year letterwinner in softball ... Team captain ... Helped lead her team to the regional semi-finals her sophomore year and three straight district championships and metro championships from 2008-10 ... Team offensive MVP in 2009 and 2010 ... Second-team all-metro her sophomore and junior year, and first-team honors her senior year ... First-team all-state as a junior and senior, and third-team as a sophomore ... Accumulated the highest GPA on the all-metro team and named Orlando Sentinel Embarq Academic Athletic Classroom Star ... National Honor Society and Quill and Scroll Honor Society member ... Business editor of yearbook.
Personal: Daughter of Debby and Lance Gorney ... Mother was a member of Brown softball's first Ivy championship in 1982 ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Georgia Guttadauro - 5'10"
Concord Carlisle/Carlisle, Mass.
High School: Four-year letterwinner in softball and three-time in field hockey ... Team captain ... Helped her softball team compile an 87-6 record during her four years and win four league championships ... Led her team to two regional championships and trips to the state semifinals her junior and senior years ... Four-time Dual County League All-Star ... Named Dual County League MVP as a senior and Co-MVP as a junior ... Named All-Scholastic by the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Lowell Sun ... Lowell Sun Player of the Year in 2010 ... National Merit Commended Student ... National Honor Society member ... AP Scholar with Distinction ... Presidential Education Award of Achievement.
Personal: Daughter of Marcy and Michael Guttadauro ... Sister, Tess, plays field hockey at Tufts University ... Enrolled in Wharton.
Mikenzie Voves - 5'9"
Issaquah/Maple Valley, Wash.
High School: Four-year letterwinner in softball ... Team captain her senior year ... Helped her team win the KingCo League championship in 2008 and 2009 ... District champions in 2009 ... Awarded first-team all-league honors her sophomore and junior years and named second-team as a senior ... Selected to the Seattle Times All-Area team in 2009.
Personal: Daughter of Kristi and John Voves ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Kayla Dahlerbruch - 5'5"
El Camino Real/West Hills, Calif.
High School: Four-time letterwinner in softball ... Team captain her junior and senior years ... Helped her team to three West Valley League championships from 2007-09 ... Competed on the Valley Breeze club team and placed ninth at the ASA gold nationals in 2009 and 13th in 2008 ... Four-time All-West Valley League selection and Player of the Year in 2009 ... Selected to the All-Los Angeles City Team and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area team her sophomore through senior years ... Named El Camino Real High School Scholar Athlete and Los Angeles Unified School District Softball Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2010 ... AP Scholar and named to Principal's Honor Roll all four years.
Personal: Daughter of Laurie and Craig Dahlerbruch ... Enrolled in Wharton.
Laura Placentra - 5'7"
Montclair Kimberley Academy/Montclair, N.J.
High School: Four-time letterwinner in softball, soccer, and track ... Captained both her softball and soccer teams ... Helped team to two Non-Public State Championships in 2007 and 2009 ... Runner-up in 2008 ... First-team All-Hills Division, second-team all-county, and third-team all-state in 2009 ... Three-year all-conference honoree ... Led soccer team to N.J. State Prep Championship in 2009 ... Won three pole vaulting state championships from 2008-10 ... Three-time first-team all-state pole vaulter ... All-conference and all-county in soccer ... NJSIAA 2010 Scholar Athlete ... Men of Essex 2010 Scholar Athlete Award recipient ... Three-time Klein Award (scholar athlete award) winner ... Awarded the MKA Spring Captains Award as a senior ... 2010 National Girls and Women Sports Day Award ... Cum Laude Society.
Personal: Daughter of Claudia and Daniel Placentra ... High school teammate of Alisha Prystowsky, a Penn catcher ... Enrolled in Wharton.
Kristen Johnson - 5'11"
Stanton College Prep/Jacksonville, Fla.
High School: Four-time letterwinner in softball and volleyball ... Captained both teams for two years ... Helped lead team to Four-A district and regional championships and a state final-four finish in 2009 ... Won the 14-U USFA state championship and World Series with her travel team in 2007 ... Travel team won the ASA Florida State championship and placed ninth at nationals in 2008 and 2009 ... Named first-team All-Gateway Conference and first-team All-First Coast softball team in 2010 ... Miracle Sports second-team all-state in 2009 and third-team in 2008 ... CBS TV-47/Subway Scholar Athlete ... Led volleyball team to four Gateway Conference championships and named to the all-conference team each year ... National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member ... 2010 Florida Times Union Scholar Athlete ... Ronald McDonald House volunteer.
Personal: Daughter of Sharon and Wayne Johnson ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.