Gearing for the Long Haul
Nov. 26, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. Villanova softball coach Maria DiBernardi announced Tuesday morning, the signing of five student-athletes to the softball class of 2018.
The incoming class features two state champions, four All-League performers and a student-athlete that has been playing varsity softball since her seventh grade year. The group's academic accolades are impressive as well with each signee either a member of the Honor Roll or National Honor Society. Three of the newcomers played multiple sports in high school, including basketball, soccer and volleyball. The Wildcats were looking to solidify their infield and did just that by singing a middle infielder, a third baseman and a catcher. The other two student-athletes will look to provide depth in the outfield.
"I'm really excited about the class of 2018. They are all strong academically and come from solid travel ball teams," head coach DiBernardi said. "They will provide us with a lot of offensive power to support our pitchers and will allow us flexibility in our defensive alignment. We welcome this class and their families."
San Diego, Calif. / Bonita Vista High School
Hathaway helped lead her school to a Division II CIF Championship as a sophomore, while placing second in states during her freshman and junior seasons. A member of the varsity softball team since her freshman season, Hathaway also played volleyball as a middle blocker. The San Diego native was named Second-Team Mesa All-League as a junior. She has been an Honor Roll student throughout High School and plans to enroll in the Villanova College of Engineering.
"Villanova balances athletics and academics very well, which was a major pull for me. The engineering program is very prestigious and I also liked how close the softball team is and how they're like a family."
Scottsdale, Ariz. / Saguaro High School
Morris has been the catcher for Saguaro High School since her freshman season. The Scottsdale native received First-Team All-City honors as a sophomore and junior. She is also an honor student in history, math and science. Her father, Rick, played baseball at ASU and in the minor leagues for the Atlanta Braves for six seasons.
"I chose Villanova because it offers an amazing education and lets me continue to compete at a higher level."
Miami, Fla. / Westminster Christian School
Second base / Shortstop
Husk has been on the Westminster Varsity squad since she was in seventh grade. She was called up while in middle school to help lead the team to a Class 3A State championship in 2009. The current team captain is a two-time Florida Class 3A Defensive Player of the Year and team MVP. Since her freshman season, the Miami native has been named First-Team All-State and All-County. As a junior, Husk batted .420 with three homeruns and 18 RBI. During her sophomore campaign, Husk hit .506 with three long balls and 21 RBI. She is also a member of the National Honor Society throughout her time at Westminster, earning honors in math, science and foreign language. Husk plans to enroll in the Villanova School of Business.
"I chose Villanova because it had the academics I was looking for as well as a top notch softball program. Once I visited the campus during my junior year, I knew it would be a perfect fit for me."
Orange, Calif. / Villa Park High School
Shortstop / Third base
Dalgarn comes to Villanova as a two-sport athlete at Villa Park High School, lettering in softball and soccer. The Calif. native was named First-Team All-League and Team MVP since her sophomore season. She has been a Scholar-Athlete since day one of high school and won the Defensive Award in her freshman campaign. Dalgarn was top-five in batting average (.447) and top-six in homruns in the Century League with a slugging pct. of .771. The infielder plans to enroll in the Villanova College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
"I decided to choose Villanova because of its academic excellence and amazing campus. I can really see myself living here for the next 4 years. It is my dream school and it allows me to play the sport I love for four more years."
Boston, Mass. / Palos Verdes High School
Tilles was a two-sport athlete at Palos Verdes High School, excelling as a centerfielder on the softball team and earning defensive MVP as a basketball player. The Boston, Mass. native was named First-Team All-League and Team MVP as a junior after hitting a school record .602 with a 1.080 slugging pct. She has been elected as the team captain for the past two years and received Rookie of the Year honors in 2011. Tilles is a member of the Principal's Honor Roll and recognized as a Sea King Scholar.
"Once I stepped on campus, I knew Villanova was the perfect school for me. I love how all the students and alumni I have talked to have amazing things to say about the school and how they absolutely love it."