Aggie Softball Picked To Win WAC, Fiana Finau Selected Preseason Player Of The Year

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State is the preseason favorite to win the 2016 Western Athletic Conference softball title in a vote of the league’s six head coaches, who could not vote for their own team.

The coaches also voted preseason award winners and Aggie Fiana Finau was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year and Missouri-Kansas City’s Katie Kelley was selected as the Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

The Aggies took the top spot in the preseason poll with 25 points and five first-place votes. Grand Canyon was picked second with 20 points and the other first-place vote, edging out CSU Bakersfield in third place with 18 points. UMKC was fourth with 11 points, followed by Seattle U and Utah Valley with nine and seven points, respectively.

NM State placed the most players on the Preseason All-WAC team with six, while Grand Canyon had three.

The 2016 season begins Thursday, Feb. 11. The 2016 WAC Softball Tournament will be held May 12-14, at Logan Field on the campus of Seattle U, and will include all five eligible teams.

2016 WAC Softball Preseason Coaches Poll
Rank Teams (1st-Place Votes) Points
1. NM State 25
2. Grand Canyon 20
3. CSU Bakersfield 18
4. Missouri-Kansas City 11
5. Seattle U 9
6. Utah Valley 7

2016 Softball Preseason All-WAC Team
Player School Yr. Pos.
Emma Adams NM State Sr. IF
Paige Bouska Seattle U Jr. 2B
Adrianna Cardoza CSU Bakersfield Sr. 2B
Karysta Donisthorpe NM State Sr. P
Fiana Finau NM State Sr. UT
Isabella Geronimo Seattle U Sr. OF
Katie Kelley Missouri-Kansas City Sr. P/UT
Brittany Medina Grand Canyon So. C
Brennalyn Nakamura NM State Sr. OF
Haley Nakamura NM State Jr. IF
Taylor Nowlin Grand Canyon Jr. P
Rachel Rodriguez NM State So. IF
Camree Wartman Grand Canyon Jr. 2B

Preseason Player of the Year: Fiana Finau, NM State
Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Katie Kelley, UMKC