Micka Leads Trio on NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-Region Teams
The University of Nevada softball program placed a school-record three players on the NFCA All-West Region Softball Team, including first-team selection Noelle Micka. Senior Vanessa Briones and sophomore Katie Holverson were named to the All-Region second team.
“This is very exciting for our program to have three players receive this prestigious honor,” Nevada coach Michelle Gardner said. “Noelle, Vanessa and Katie each played an important role in the success we have had so far this season. I’m happy for each of them to receive this recognition.”
Micka is the first Nevada player to earn first-team All-Region honors. The freshman catcher is having one of the finest single-seasons in school history with a .396 batting average, 16 doubles, three triples and seven home runs. She has 76 hits, 41 runs and 38 RBI on the season and she leads the team in all seven of those statistical categories. She has already set single-season school records in hits and total bases and she is tied for the record in runs. Her batting average is also a school record as it stands now.
Briones capped an amazing season with the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year award last season. After playing sparingly her first three seasons at Nevada, the senior outfielder emerged this year as one of the top offensive threats on the West Coast. In just 36 games, she batted .361 with 19 runs, 19 RBI, five doubles and five homes. She led the WAC in hitting with a whopping .429 average and a .755 slugging percentage. She joined Micka on the All-WAC first-team.
Holverson had one of the finest seasons of any pitcher in Nevada history. She went 20-6 with a 2.27 earned-run average on the year. She recorded 20 complete games and two shutouts on the year. She struck out 203 and walked just 73 on the season. In addition to being a dominant starter, she is an effective reliever as well as she led the WAC with six saves on the year, which is tied for seventh in the nation. That total of six saves is tied for seventh all-time in the WAC. She was a second-team All-WAC selection.
Entering this season, Nevada had only had one player previously selection to the All-West Region team Brittany Puzey as a second-team selection last season.
The All-West Region team members are voted on by coaches in the West Region. The region is made up of teams from the Western Athletic Conference, the Mountain West Conference, the Big West Conference and independent Utah Valley State.
Only players who make All-Region teams are eligible for NFCA All-American honors, which will be announced later this month.
The complete All-Region Teams can be found by clicking on the PDF link at the top of this page.