Feb. 7, 2010
HOUSTON – In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the University of Houston softball program, fans had the opportunity to select an All-Decade Team. After the votes were tallied, head coach Kyla Holas announced the results at the Alumni Weekend dinner on Friday.
The following Saturday, the 2010 team played a collection of esteemed former Cougars in the alumni game. Showing no mercy, they beat their predecessors, 16-1.
“It was a great night,” Holas said. “I was glad so many people were able to come back. I was also excited to see everyone’s family here today. I hope our current players are able to see and learn from the rich tradition we created.”
HOUSTON SOFTBALL ALL-DECADE TEAM
Kristen Glowacz (2002-05) was a highly accomplished student-athlete during her career at Houston. She was a three-time member of the All-South Region Second Team and Conference USA First Team. Glowacz was also named the 2002 C-USA Freshman of the Year and the 2005 C-USA Co-MVP.
She is a career leader in doubles (53), home runs (47), RBI (175) and slugging percentage (.650). Glowacz also touches the all-time top-five categories in career batting average (.350), at bats (714), runs scored (153), hits (250), triples (10), on-base percentage (.411), stolen bases (37), assists (339) and double plays turned (13). During her senior year, she led the team in eight of 12 batting categories, including batting average (.366), at bats (175), runs scored (45), hits (64), doubles (13), home runs (17), RBI (50) and slugging percentage (.754).
Jessica Valis (2006-09) made all of her 221 career starts at shortstop. In 2006, she was named to the C-USA Freshman Team as well as First Team honors. In her sophomore season, Valis was named to the All C-USA Preseason Team, All C-USA First Team, NFCA All-South Region Second Team and, to top it off, was awarded Conference USA Player of the Year.
In 2007, she was also part of the C-USA All-Academic Team and was the C-USA Hitter of the Week (Mar. 26, 2007). In her junior season, she was named to the ASA Top 50 Watch List for Player of the Year and was an NFCA All-American Third Team honoree. Valis also earned All-C-USA First Team honors, as well as NFCA All-South Region Second Team, and registered two back-to-back C-USA Hitter of the Week awards (April. 21, 2008 and April 28, 2008).
Jessica currently reigns in half of the career hitting records including batting average (.379), at bats (752), runs scored (169), hits (285), triples (16), stolen bases (61) and holds second in on-base percentage (.429). She also finished first in two fielding categories, assists (403) and double plays turned (26). She set the second most career records from the 2009 senior class with the eight of the nine being first place.
Haley Valis (2006-09) maintained second base for the Cougars. In 2009, she received her first C-USA athletic honor while being named to the C-USA Second Team. She is a four-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Valis touched the history books for the program in triples (4), assists (267) and double plays turned (13).
Christa Raley (2005-09) played in all but five of the 238 games throughout her career as a Cougar at third and first base. She was named to the 2008 All-C-USA Second Team. She also broke through to the Cougar record books in runs scored (127), walks (80), stolen bases (36), put outs (427), assists and double plays turned.
Katie Bush (2006-09) was the mainstay in centerfield all four years of her career, missing only one of the 238 games due to an injury in her freshman year. Named to the All-C-USA First Team in 2007, and Second Team honors in 2008 and 2009, she ended with the highest batting average on the team in 2009 with .354 and ranks among the program’s career runs scored, hits and stolen bases. She ranks among the career leaders in batting average (.314), at bats (719), runs scored (132), hits (226), walks (86) and stolen bases (44).
Kim Nesloney (2002-05) was showered with numerous awards and accolades during her Houston career, including 2004 and 2005 Conference USA First-Team, 2002 All-C-USA Freshman Team and 2003 All-Tournament Team honors in addition to a 2004 All-South Region Second-Team selection. Nesloney’s presence can be felt all over the Cougar records book.
She holds 11 records, touching five career categories, including runs scored (143), triples (11), on-base percentage (.410), walks (113) and stolen bases (38). During her senior year, Nesloney led the team in triples (3), walks (41), on-base percentage (.472) and stolen bases (16). Junior year, she recorded 201 at bats and led the team in on-base percentage (.402), stolen bases (15) and walks (35).
Riane Netardus (2001-02) played an essential role in the foundation of Houston softball during its first two seasons. She was named to the Conference USA Second Team in 2002. Netardus currently ranks fourth in all-time career batting average (.325). Senior year, Netardus led the Cougars in batting average (.347) and stolen bases (16). She was Houston’s leading sacrifice hitter, moving over eight batters during the 2002 season. In 2001, she was a leader in at bats (171), runs scored (31), hits (56) and stolen bases (13).
Angel Shamblin (2005-08) is one of the most decorated student-athletes in Houston softball history. Among her numerous accolades, she is a three-time All-Conference USA First Team recipient (2006-08), 2006 All-C-USA Second Team honoree, 2005 C-USA All-Freshman Team member, three-time C-USA Pitcher of the Year, two-time C-USA All-Tournament Team and was named the 2008 NFCA All-American Second Team.
Shamblin is an all-time career leader in every pitching category except for saves. These records include ERA (1.45), wins (94), innings pitched (873.1), strikeouts (877), shutouts (39), opposing batting average (.187) and complete games (102). She threw two perfect games in her career, including one against Memphis en route to a NCAA Super Regional appearance.
Jamie Falco (2001-04) is one of many the endowed pitchers in Houston softball history. She was named to the 2003 All-Conference USA Second Team and the 2001 C-USA All-Freshman Team. Falco touches eight career all-time records, including ERA (2.02), wins (47), saves (2), innings pitched (557), strikeouts (430), shutouts (11), opposing batting average (.224) and complete games (58). During her junior season, she led the Cougars in ERA (1.49), wins (13) and innings pitched (145.1). Falco struck out 110 batters and held opponents to a .201 batting average.
Elaina Nordstrom (2006-09) started and played in 226 of the 238 games from 2006-2009. She was named C-USA Freshman of the Year as well as C-USA All-Freshman Team and Second Team honors in 2006. She received All-C-USA Second Team honors again in 2007 and 2008 while also being named to the 2008 C-USA All-Tournament Team.
She also holds the most career records set by any player in the 2009 senior class with eight hitting records and two fielding. These categories include batting average (.329), hits (207), doubles (29), home runs (36), RBI (170), slugging percentage (.549), fielding percentage (.993) and ranks first among walks (138), on-base percentage (.445) and putouts (1456).
Amanda Grote (2007-08) was a versatile player who spent time in right field, left field and as the designated player. She was honored with the All-American Strength Award in 2008. She touches one all-time career record, ranking fourth in fielding percentage (.986). Senior year, she batted .305 (51-167) with 11 doubles and five home runs and 30 RBI with 77 total bases. Grote also hit her second nationally televised career grand slam against East Carolina. In 2007, she saw action in 57 games, making 55 starts at three different positions on the Houston infield.
Laurie Wagner (2006-09) played in 224 of the 238 games in her four-year career at Houston. In her junior year, she was a NFCA All-American Third Team honoree, C-USA All-Tournament Team member and part of the All-C-USA First Team as an outfielder. In addition, Wagner was named to the NFCA All-South Region First Team and All-Academic Team. She received four C-USA Hitter of the Week awards (March 5, 2008, May 7, 2007, March 23, 2009 and April 6, 2009).
In 2009, Wagner led the conference in RBI with 47 and was a four-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Some of Wagner’s career records at Houston include doubles (35), home runs (34), runs batted in (154), slugging percentage (.531), walks (92) and on-base percentage (.399). Wagner was the third overall pick in the NPF to the Rockford Thunder.
HOUSTON SOFTBALL ALL-DECADE TEAM