PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s head coach of softball, Leslie King, has officially announced the Quakers’ freshman class for the 2015-16 season. Six student-athletes will join a Penn squad that won its fourth-consecutive Ivy League South Division title last year.
“We are excited to introduce the Penn Softball Class of 2019!” said King. “We add six extremely talented freshmen to a very experienced returning squad that we feel great about. They hail from five different states and bring a wealth of talent to the team.”
Alexis Corini, Sarah Cwiertnia, Jessica England, Hannah Gibbons, Joy Lewis and Sam Pederson compose this year’s recruiting class and will merge with a team returning eight players who saw action in the Ivy League Championship Series last spring.
Meet the Newest Quakers…
Alexis Corini – Catcher
San Jose Calif. |Valley Christian High School
High School: All-League softball performer at Valley Christian High School (2015) … Recognized as All-Mercury News Softball Honorable Mention as a junior and Team MVP as a sophomore … Named Mercury News VCHS “Top Player of the Game” five times during her senior season … Received Scholar Athlete honors all four years of her high school career.
Personal: Daughter of Julie and Nick Corini … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coachspeak: “Alexis has already displayed a great work ethic and leadership skills. She is going to bolster an already strong catching group.”
Sarah Cwiertnia - Infielder
Villa Park, Calif. | Santa Margarita Catholic High School
High School: Four-year softball letterman and team captain at Santa Margarita Catholic High School … Two-time All-Trinity League First Team selection and Offensive Player of the Year … Four-time recipient of the Academic Athlete Award … Named Trinity League Academic Athlete of the Year as a senior … Four-year member of the California Scholarship Federation.
Personal: Daughter of Lynnette and Douglas Cwiertnia … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coachspeak: “Sarah is a potent power hitter who has the ability to make a difference with her bat. We are excited to introduce her to the pitchers in the Ivy League.”
Jessica England – Infielder
Coral Springs, Fla. | Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
High School: Four-year letterman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School … Member of District and Regional Championship team that went 25-7 in 2015 … Sun Sentinel 8A-7A-6A First Team All-County selection and Miracle Sports Second Team All-State honoree as a senior …Three-time Sun Sentinel 8A-7A-6A All-County Honorable Mention (2012-14) … Twice named team Defensive Player of the Year.
Personal: Daughter of Linda and John England … Enrolled in the Wharton School of Business.
Coachspeak: “Jess is a smooth fielder with a lot of range in the middle infield. She also brings grittiness to every practice and game that we love.”
Hannah Gibbons – Infielder
Waynesburg, Pa. | Waynesburg Central High School
High School: Four-year letterman and team captain at Waynesburg Central High School … Batted .614 as a junior and was named Pennsylvania Softball Coaches Association First Team All-State and the Herald Standard’s Softball Player of the Year … Four-time member of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Section Team and two-time Observer Reporter First Team All-District honoree (2014-15) … Class Valedictorian … Earned AP Scholar with Honors recognition.
Personal: Daughter of Renee and Robert Gibbons … Enrolled in the Wharton School of Business.
Coachspeak: “Hannah is our local Pennsylvania talent who we believe will hit big in our league. She is a strong corner player with a big bat.”
Joy Lewis – Pitcher
Dawsonville, Ga. | Dawson County High School
High School: Three-year letterman at Dawson County High School … Two-time all-area performer during her junior and senior seasons and 7AAA Pitcher of the Year (2015).
Personal: Daughter of Barbara and Walter … Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Coachspeak: “Joy has been fun to work with already. She is a very coachable athlete who already has terrific movement and control on the mound.”
Sam Pederson – Second Base/Shortstop
Scottsdale, Ariz. | Desert Mountain High School
High School: Four-year varsity softball player and team captain at Desert Mountain High School … Three-time Arizona All-State honorable mention (2013-15) … Three-time Arizona DI Academic All-State First Team selection (2013-15) … Named to 2013 Scottsdale All-City Team and NFCA Western Region Second Team … Member of 2012 League Championship team … Three-time winner of the DMHS Varsity Scholar Athlete Award (2013-15) and achieved Gold Honor Roll in each semester of high school career.
Personal: Daughter of Jean and Chris Pederson … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coachspeak: “Sam has one of the quickest transfers in the infield that we have seen in a long time. We are also looking forward to her creating havoc as a triple threat from the left side of the plate.”