May 9, 2001
HOUSTON, Texas---The ever-versatile Arelis Ferreris today was named to the Conference USA First Team, as it was announced by the league office in Chicago, Ill. Junior utility player Ali McDougall and freshman pitcher Jamie Falco also earned all-conference honors.
The freshman from Grand Prairie, Texas was selected as the First Team designated player, marking a milestone in the history of softball at the University of Houston. Ferreris becomes the first player in school history to nab postseason accolades, as the UH program just completed its first-ever season with a 22-31 mark and more impressively, 10-10 in C-USA action. The Cougars are the league's fifth seed at this weekend's Conference USA Softball Championships in Louisville, Ky., where they face the host Cardinals tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. in the first round of play.
Ferreris-who also played catcher and the outfield, as well as her role as DP-led the Cougars in batting with a .321 average. She started 49 games for UH and clubbed six home runs and chipped in 22 RBI. She also was 10-of-13 in stolen bases, placing second behind teammate Riane Netardus.
As for McDougall, the Surrey, British Columbia native was voted to the C-USA Second Team as a utility player, complimenting Ferreris' versatility with her own. McDougall began the year as one of the Cougars' starting pitchers, but she was moved to shortstop by head coach Kyla Holas after injuries depleted the UH squad.
McDougall led the Cougars in both home runs and runs batted in, collecting seven and 28, respectively. She finished the season with a .287 batting average, starting in all 53 UH contests. On the mound, McDougall was 2-3 with a 3.66 ERA. She started and completed five contests.
Both Falco and Ferreris were named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team. Falco was the Cougars' ace on the mound this season before a hip injury two weeks ago cut short a very promising freshman campaign.
Hailing from Tomball, Texas, Falco led the Cougars with a 10-12 record, and her 3.22 earned run average also was tops on the club. She appeared in 24 games, including 20 as a starter, and finished with 19 complete games. In her 142-plus innings of work, Falco registered one shutout and a team-best 105 strikeouts. Opponents hit only .240 against her all season.
DePaul, which won the regular season title and is the number-one
seed in the league tournament, took three out of four of the conference's
primary awards. Sarah Martz was named both the Freshman of the Year and
the Player of the Year, while her coach, Eugene Lenti, grabbed Coach of the
Year honors. Southern Miss' Felicia Gonzales was named C-USA Pitcher of