March 27, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Freshman utility player Ellie Cooper was recently named to the NZ White Sox women's fastpitch team and will compete at the 2014 ISF World Championships in Haarlem, Netherlands on August 15-24. Cooper went to high school in Missouri but was born in New Zealand and grew up in its capital city of Wellington.
"Honestly, there is nothing like playing for your country," said Cooper. "It is a very different feel than playing for Florida State. It's an honor to play for New Zealand and represent something so big.
"It is fun because I've met a lot of girls over the time and it will be good to see them and compete with them again Also, it's a great experience to play against the best players in the world like the USA and Japan and see all of the different styles of play. I'm really excited to have this opportunity."
This is the second time Cooper has been a part of the White Sox, having played with the team the 2012 ISF World Championships that were held in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada from July 13-22. The New Zealand squad finished the group stage with a 2-5 record and were just one game out of making the final playoffs.
Cooper has also played internationally with the Junior White Sox at the ISF Junior Women's World Championships in 2011 and 2013. The U19 team had an excellent showing in 2013 in Brampton, Canada with a fourth-place finish which included a 2-1 victory over host nation and international power Canada.
"Ellie is a fierce competitor and is very deserving of the honor to play for her country," said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. "Florida State has a strong history of players playing internationally and it is great to see a young player recognized and given the opportunity to play against some of the world's best softball players. Her skill and passion for the game makes everyone around her better and the experiences she gains will push our team forward in years to come."
Cooper will have the opportunity to play with the White Sox leading up to the 2014 ISF World Championships as the team gets ready to compete in the premier tournament for women's fastpitch softball.
Information on the 2014 ISF World Championships in Haarlem, Netherlands can be found at http://www.wcsoftball2014.com/en/home.
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