NewsLady Cougars Receive NCCAA All-American Honors
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Three members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s fastpitch softball team were recently honored when the National Christian College Athletic Association All-American Teams and All-America Scholar-Athletes were released.
Laura Kot, a freshman outfielder from Tallmadge, Ohio, was named to the NCCAA All-American First Team in her first collegiate season. The former Tallmadge High School standout led the Lady Cougars with a .439 batting average to go along with three doubles, four triples, nine RBI, and 25 runs scored.
Stephanie Johnson, a sophomore shortstop from Tallmadge, Ohio, was selected as an NCCAA Honorable Mention for the second straight year. The former Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy star batted .359 with a team-high 14 doubles, five triples, two home runs, 29 runs scored, and 34 RBI. Johnson also stole seven bases.
Tiffany Simpson, a senior second baseman from Loudonville, Ohio, was named to the NCCAA All-America Scholar-Athlete Team. The former Hillsdale High School product batted .289 with two doubles, four triples, 11 RBI, and 20 runs scored. An Early Childhood Education major, Simpson has posted a 3.655 grade point average in the classroom.
MVNU finished the season with a 23-17 overall record. The Lady Cougars were fourth in the American Mideast Conference South Division with an 8-6 mark, and the team also finished fifth out of 10 teams at the NCCAA National Tournament in Marion, Indiana.