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Softball Signs Two To Early Letters Of Intent

          Release: 01/17/2013
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College head softball coach Melissa Inouye has announced the signing of two student-athletes to early national letters of intent to join the Gaels. Set to don the Maroon & Gold in the fall of the 2013 are Ashlyn Morris and Kristen Turner.

Ashlyn Morris, an outfielder from Highland, CA, is a three year team captain at Citrus Valley High School, and coming off a season where she helped lead the squad to a CIF-Southern Section Division 6 Championship.  Morris was named Southern Section Division 6 Player of the Year along as Mountain Valley League Offensive MVP.  Morris was named to the Redlands All City Team, and was a First Team All Inland Empire and CIF All State Team selection.

Morris was named to the Adidas Futures Team and was a First Team All Mountain Valley League selection during her sophomore season, when Citrus Valley was a Division 6 finalist.

Morris has also earned Scholar Athlete Award recognition all three seasons at Citrus Valley and plays travel ball with Team Mizuno Gold.

Coach Inouye on Morris: “Ashlyn is a very athletic outfielder with solid footwork and defensive skills. She has good bat control and brings a triple threat option to our hitting lineup. I am very excited to add her offensive versatility and her speed to our program.” 

Morris on choosing Iona: “I chose Iona because I have always wanted to go out of state to college and when I visited Iona for the first time, saw the campus, met the coaches and the team, I knew it was going to be the perfect fit for me. Everything perfectly fell into place and I'm more than satisfied with my decision. I cannot wait to attend Iona next fall!”

Kristen Turner, from Turnersville, NJ, is a corner infielder from Washington Township High School, the same school that produced former Iona standout Alyssa Maiese.

During her junior season, Turner was named First Team All Olympic Conference and All FirstTeam Gloucester County after hitting .402 with four home runs and 37 runs batted in, also earning First Team All South Jersey by the Courier Post.  In her sophomore season, Turner was named to the All Olympic Conference First Team.  The two-year honor roll student plays travel ball with New Jersey Gators Gold.

Coach Inouye on Turner: “Kristen is a solid corner player, but her biggest strength is her bat. She is a very powerful hitter that definitely has extra base power. I can’t wait to add her swing to the middle of the line up as she has the ability to change a game with one swing of the bat.”

Turner on choosing Iona: “I chose Iona because of the great Speech Pathology program it has. Iona, in my opinion it's the perfect size for a college. It's not too big, and it is not too small. I liked how close it is to New York City. I also like how it's not too far away from my family. It's close enough for me to be able to go home for a weekend or have my family come up to visit. I also liked the coaching staff. Lastly, I picked it because I liked the conference Iona plays in. Most of the schools are close enough to home that my family can come watch me play whenever they want. I felt Iona was the best fit for me!”
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