Nov. 13, 2013
RENO, Nev. – Nevada softball coach Matt Meuchel announced on Wednesday the signing of five players who will join the Wolf Pack next fall. The class consists entirely of high school players from four different states, including local product Jennifer Purcell of Carson City.
The class of 2014 is: Outfielder Aaliyah Gibson from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas; Corner infielder Alyssa Mendez from Chino Hills (Calif.) High School; Catcher Amanda Nicholas from Sahuaro High School in Tucson, Ariz.; Jennifer from Carson High School; Pitcher Chase Redington from Roosevelt High School in Corona, Calif.
“We are excited about the quality and the depth of our 2014 class,” Meuchel said. “We have several seniors to replace at the end of the season and we feel this class addressed many of the needs that we will have with their departure. We were able to address almost every positional area in signing a pitcher, catcher, infielder, outfielder, and someone who can play all three. Even more than that, we are excited about the athleticism that each bring allowing us to play them in multiple positions if needed. This class has a real opportunity to do great things in their tenure at Nevada and we look for them to compete to win Mountain West Championships every season with the Pack.”
Westlake High School
Club Team: Austin Storm
“Aaliyah is an extremely dynamic outfielder. She brings a ton of speed and athleticism to our program, both at the plate and in the outfield. Offensively we are excited to add her to our lineup and feel that she is a triple-treat at the plate and we expect that she will have a great career at Nevada.”
A 2014 graduate of Westlake High School in Austin, Texas…Plays travel ball with the Austin Storm, coached by Phil Koehler…A three year letter winner in softball at Westlake High School under coach Haley Gaddis…Named second team all-state after 2012 season…Awarded offensive MVP during 2012 season…Named District newcomer-of-the year in 2012…Named All-Central Texas in 2012…Led her team to a District Championship in both the 2012 and 2013 seasons…Hopes to major in Exercise Science/Kinesiology and become an Athletic Trainer…Daughter of Frank Gibson and Plonie McMarion
Chino Hills, Calif.
Chino Hills High School
Club Team: Corona Angels-Howard
“Alyssa is a big bat, someone that from the right side will not only hit for a ton of power but is going to get on base. She is a prototypical three-hole hitter that we feel gives us a chance to produce runs for us immediately as a freshman. She is a very good defensive corner infielder and has the athleticism to be able to play multiple positions while at Nevada.”
A 2014 graduate of Chino Hills High School in Chino Hills, California…Plays travel ball with the Corona Angels, coached by Kim Howard…A four year letter winner in softball at Chino Hills High School under Mike Southworth…Named an All-SierraLeague selection in 2012…Was awarded the Silver Slugger Award in 2012 and 2013…Honored as Sierra League Player-of-the-Year in 2013…Named a First-Team all CIF Selection in 2013…Has set her high school’s single season Home Run Record…Daughter of William and Monica Mendez
Sahuaro High School
Club Team: Arizona Cats Gold
“Amanda brings a ton of raw power to Nevada. She is a very physical presence both behind the plate and at the plate. She is an extremely smart kid and player. We are excited to Amanda develop during her career at Nevada and believe that she could bring a lot of home run potential to our lineup."
A 2014 graduate of Sahuaro High School in Tucson, Arizona…Plays travel ball with the Arizona Cats Gold, coached by Tracy Erickson…A four year letter winner in softball at Sahuaro High School under Jeff Fowler…Career and season record holder in Home Runs at Sahuaro High School…Named First Team All-Section 4-1 in 2011…Awarded Second-Team All-Section 4-1 in both 2012 and 2013…Will graduate with a 4.0 GPA and as Valedictorian of her Senior Class…Hopes to major in Pre-Medicine/Biochemistry/Neuroscience and intends to become a Neurosurgeon…Daughter of Bruce and Angela Nicholas
Carson City, Nev.
Carson High School
Club Team: USA Elite Gold
“Jennifer is someone who has grown up in the program and it is great to see her Nevada dreams coming true. She will bring some unique skill sets to the Pack as a left handed power bat and a left handed defender that can play the outfield, first base and catch. Jenn has the ability to be a big bat in our lineup from her first day on campus.”
A 2014 graduate of Carson High School in Carson City, Nevada…Plays travel ball for USA Elite Gold, coached by Stan McFadden…A four year letter winner in softball at Carson City High School under Scott Vickrey…Honored as a First Team All-High Sierra League selection in all three varsity seasons so far (2011, 2012, 2013)…Awarded First Team All-State in 2012…Lead her high school and club team in hits, batting average, RBIs and Slugging Percentage for the last four years...Intends to major in Education and would like to become an Elementary School Teacher in the future…Daughter of Tom and Vickie Purcell…Brother Tom is a Mechanical Engineering Student at Nevada
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Club Team: So Cal Fillys Gold
“Chase is a right-handed power pitcher who will elevate our program from her first day on campus. She has the ability to overpower many hitters. In addition to her stuff, maybe the most impressive quality she brings to Nevada is her competitiveness, she is such a competitor in the circle. There is no question getting a Pitcher like Chase makes our 2014 class elite.”
A 2014 graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Corona, California…Plays travel ball with the So Cal Filly’s Gold, coached by Pat Kelly…A four year letter winner in softball, two at Eleanor Roosevelt High School under Mike Fitzgerald, one year at Cooper City High School in Cooper City, Florida and one year at American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida…Was a second team all league selection in 2011…Named Cooper City High School MVP in 2011…Hopes to major in Business and would like to become a coach or a trainer…Daughter of James and Monique Redington.