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Monday, January 27, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb sophomore Brittany Elmore has been named to the preseason Atlantic Sun All-Conference softball team.
The team was announced by the conference office Monday afternoon.
“Preseason all-conference is a very well-deserved recognition for Brittany,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “I think there are quite a few girls on our team that could have been in that situation.
“Everything is based off of last year. She had a great year and I think people are expecting her to be one of the top players in the A-Sun again this year.”
Elmore, a Mt. Juliet resident and a former standout for Goodpasture Christian, is coming off of an outstanding freshman season. She was an NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete, Atlantic Sun First Team All-Conference selection, a unanimous pick for the A-Sun All-Freshman Team and an A-Sun All-Tournament Team member. She was honored as A-Sun Freshman of the Year and First Team All A-Sun by “College Sports Madness”.
She also was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Academic Team.
Elmore set a school single-season record and led the A-Sun in stolen bases with 36. She was second overall in the A-Sun in hits with 70.
“It kind of validates what we she did last year and what other coaches think about her value to our team," Ryman said. "It says a lot for the kind of role she plays on this team.
“She is our lead-off hitter, and everyone knows she is going to lead off. She has been really working hard at swinging away and feeling more comfortable swinging the bat. That was something she did last season, but she wants it to be more of a weapon this season.”
The Lady Bisons, runners-up in the A-Sun Tournament last season, were picked by the conference coaches to finish third this season.
USC Upstate, the 2013 A-Sun Tournament Champion, was selected to finish first with seven first place votes (97 points). Florida Gulf Coast was picked second with two first place votes (85 points).
The Lady Bisons, with 78 points, received one first place vote. North Florida, last season’s regular season champion, was close behind in fourth with 77 points.
“We were anticipating being somewhere in the top four,” Ryman said. “I am not surprised at all that we were picked No. 3.
“The thing about our conference this year is almost every team returns a lot of players. It is going to be dogfight like it always has been. The top six or seven are going to be extremely competitive and you can’t count out the bottom three or four. “