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Early Signing Period A Success According To McElvain

Nov. 10, 2006

The University of San Diego softball team announced this week they recently completed their early signing period adding three athletes from California to their roster for the 2007-2008 season.

"I am extremely thrilled to have these student-athletes commit to the softball program and to USD," said head coach Melissa McElvain. "They all have great potential."

Taryn Keenan, a catcher and outfielder from Carlsbad, California has been a member of the La Costa Canyon High School Mavericks softball team as well as the San Diego County Breakers 18u Gold team.

"Taryn will bring a strong bat to our line-up, in addition to the solid defense she plays behind the plate," McElvain said. "She has great arm strength and can play the outfield as well. I'm extremely proud that we were able to keep a player of her caliber close to home."

Celeste Soto, an infielder specializing at third base and first base, is from Clovis, California where she played for the Buchanan High School Bears. Soto also was a member of the Running Rebels 18u squad out of Stockton, California.

"Celeste is a very solid defensive infielder who can play either third or first base," McElvain said. "She can also contribute offensive power as well as hit for average."

Kristen Gensler from Goleta, California played outfield, second base, and pitcher for the Dos Pueblos High School Chargers. Gensler was also a member of the So-Cal Pumas 18u Gold team.

"Kristen will bring great versatility to our team. She can play several defensive positions, has good speed and hits from the left side."

The softball coaching staff is extremely excited about the three student-athletes they have signed.

"Taryn, Celeste and Kristen are not only tremendous athletes, but they are incredible people as well," McElvain said. "They will enhance our softball program both on and off the field."

The results of this early signing period according to coach McElavin is a great reward to the hard work her entire staff put into this year's recruiting process. "Coach Bridges, Coach Aggabao and Coach Ramos' efforts truly helped solidify this year's recruiting class."