Bures on World University Games Roster

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Mississippi State all-American shortstop Courtney Bures (Haymarket, Va./Stonewall Jackson HS) was one of 17 collegiate athletes named to the USA roster for the 2006 World University Games that will be held July 15-23, in Tainan City, Taiwan, the Amateur Softball Association announced Monday afternoon.

Bures, a rising junior for the Bulldogs, was one of three Southeastern Conference players named to the squad, and will be joined by Tennessee all-America selections Lindsay Schutzler and Sarah Fekete in Taiwan. Mississippi State head coach Jay Miller was named to the World University Games coaching staff earlier this summer.

"This is a tremendous honor not only for Courtney, but for the SEC, Mississippi State University and our softball program," Miller said. "Every player dreams of representing their country on the international level growing up and Courtney is getting that chance in just more than a month. We are very proud of all of her accomplishments."

Over thirty of the nation's top collegiate players participated in a selection camp for the team, June 8-11, in Chula Vista, Calif., before the roster was trimmed down to 17 players last week. The World University team will play a scrimmage against the USA Softball Women's National Team on July 10 in Irvine, Calif., before departing for Taiwan. Upon their return to the United States, they will stop off in Chicago for a four game series against the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch league, July 26-30.

USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men's, Women's, Junior Boys' and Junior Girls' National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women's National Team is one of the only two women's sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996.

The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive. For more information about USA Softball, please visit www.usasoftball.com.

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