WKU Adds Six Players To Its 2009 Softball Class

By: Kelly Oravet, WKU Athletic Media Relations
By: Kelly Oravet, WKU Athletic Media Relations

Bowling Green, Ky. - The Western Kentucky University softball team will welcome six new members to the 2010 team, head coach Tyra Perry announced today. Karavin Dew, Ciara Garcia, Katrina Metoyer, Mallorie Sulaski, Shelby Taylor and Kimberly Wagner will head to the Hill and become the newest members of the Lady Topper squad.

Dew, a Calhoun, Ga., native, will graduate from Calhoun High School in
2009. The two-time All-State selection was named to the All-Area team
three times, the 2005 All-Region team and was the 2005 Co-Rookie of the Year. In addition, Dew was named to the 2006 Chattanooga Times Free Press All-North Georgia Team and received the 2006 Coaches Award. In 2007, she received the defense award and was named the All-Area Co-Player of the Year.

On the ASA travel ball team, the Alanta Vipers, Dew was honored by
being selected as the recepient of the Stepanie Phillips award for
Leadership skills and was a vital part of the ASA team that finished as
the 2004 National Runner-Up and State Runner-Up and also claimed state championships in 2006 and 2007. In 2006, 2007 and 2008, Dew also competed in nationals. Dew was also a part of the very successful ISA travel team that claimed fifth place in the world championships and were the 2005 State runner-up.

"Karavin is a very talented player that will bring a great mix of quickness and power to our program," Perry said. "She is a person of
character and is a natural leader. We expect great things from Karavin
as a Hilltopper."

"It really is a dream come true for me to attend WKU because I have
always wanted to play softball at the collegiate level," Dew said. "It
is really hard to put into words how excited I am to be a part of the
Western Kentucky University softball program. My decision to come to
WKU, was in large part due to Coach Perry, and I made my decision after meeting and talking to her about the program and academics."

Garcia, from Harvest, Ala., is a two-time Super Softball All-Metro Team
selection and a member of the 2008 North vs. South All-star team. A
member of the Alabama Crusader travel team, Garcia was selected to the 2007 All-State Tournament Team and was a member of the Sparkman High School team that claimed the 2007 and 2008 6A Area Championship, the 2006 Alabama State Championship, the 2007 Alabama Runner-Up title and were the 2006 Regional Champions.

"Ciara is one of the most disciplined players I have ever seen," Perry
stated. "She puts everything she has into helping her team win. She
can play firstbase and also play in the outfield. She is a natural
lefty that swings right."

"It has always been a dream of mine to play college softball," Garcia
said. "When I first met Coach Perry I never knew she would be my head coach someday; but here we are and I'm thrilled to have her as my coach. I haven't learned many of her coaching ideas yet, but the ones I have learned, I completely agree with. I know she will push me to a higher level and I am very excited to play on her team and be coached by her and Coach Bynum and Coach Jenkins."

Metoyer attended Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, Calif. Her
travel team, the OC Batbusters, has won nine ASA 18 and under National Championships since 1983 and she finished her junior season with the second most steals in the league. Additionally, Metyoer received honorable mention as a Sunset league player after both her sophomore and junior seasons and was on a Batbusters' team that finished second in the 18 and under Nationals her first year.

"Katrina was a key player for her high school program and the 18U
Batbusters travel team," Perry said. "She has "big game" experience and will bring much needed speed to our line-up."

"I couldn't be more excited to join WKU softball next fall," Metoyer
said. "I've always wanted to play college softball but I didn't know
where. After discovering Western Kentucky University, I knew it was
the perfect fit for me. I know Coach Perry, Coach Jenkins and Coach
Bynum will work me and push me to be a better athlete. The campus is
also beautfiful and the people are incredibly nice. I'm looking
forward to being a Lady Topper."

Sulaski, from Lakewood, Colo., was a four-year starter at Bear Creek
High School. The four-time All-Conference selection was named All-
State her junior and senior years and is a two-time All-Colorado
honoree. A four-time scholar-athlete award winner, Sulaski helped
guide the Bears to three conference championships, a third-place state
finish and a state runner-up finish in 2007. The captain of the team
her junior and senior years, Sulaski was named MVP both of those
seasons while maintaining at least a 3.6 GPA.

"I am very excited to welcome Mallorie into the WKU Softball family,"
Perry stated. "She is a lefty pitcher that also hits and can play first base. She is naturally poised and a leader by example."

Sulaski's travel team, the Colorado Quicksilver has won many local
tournaments, including a state championship, while also placing 12th in
the ASA Nationals.

"I'm so excited that I will be attending Western Kentucky University
and play for Coach Perry," Sulaski said. "I feel like it's a fine school with genuine people and a great atmosphere. I look forward to working hard and becoming a part of such a talented team."

Taylor, a native of Louisville, Ky., will join the Lady Toppers after
graduating from Eastern High School. As a member of the Eagles' team, Taylor picked up three honors in 2008 including being named to the All-Region team, the 28th District All Tournament team and was selected as a member of the West Junior All-Star team that competed in the East vs. West All-Star game. In 2008, she led the team in batting average posting a .459 average.

"Shelby Taylor is an all-around athlete," Perry said. "She has unlimited potential in the outfield and at the plate. Shelby is also an outstanding student and I am happy she has chosen to join our program."

Finally, Wagner, a D'Iberville High School product, is a six-time All-
District honoree that was named the team MVP two times and picked up the coveted For the Love of the Game award. She also was named to the All-South Mississippi Sun Herald team for two years and was selected as a second team All-State selection by the Clarion Ledger for two seasons. She also received the best defensive player award while at D'Iberville and competed on the travel team, the Louisiana Voodoo.

"Kimberly is a finesse pitcher that can move the ball and change speeds on a dime," Perry said. "She also swings a solid stick and can play in the outfield. Kimberly is a hard worker and she has what it takes to be a key player on the Hill."

"People keep asking me why I chose to attend WKU and the answer is
because WKU is an amazing place," Wagner said. "The campus is beautiful and everyone is so welcoming. My coaches are great people and I am excited to learn, not only softball from the, but also the things that I will face in life. I believe that my time at WKU will be a most wonderful experience and I am truly looking forward to it."

The 2009 WKU softball season kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 7 when the
Lady Toppers travel to Hattiesburg, Miss. to take part in the Southern
Miss Tournament. WKU will face Central Arkansas, Arkansas and Samford in the tournament.

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