Jaguars sign first softball player for 2009-2010 season

Courtney Pettit recently became the first new player to sign with the University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars softball team for the 2010 season.

Pettit has signed a letter of intent to play first base for the Jaguars after completing the 2009 season with San Jacinto College in Houston.

“Courtney has a solid record of accomplishments both on and off the field,” head softball coach Keri Lambeth said. “She’ll help carry on the tradition of excellence established by our players.”

Pettit’s record started at Deer Park High School in Deer Park, Texas, where she earned three varsity letters in softball, served twice as team captain, made the first all-district team in 2007 and was voted the team’s most valuable player during her senior year.

Off the field, she was a member of the National Honors Society, acted as the softball representative to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and was listed in Who’s Who Among High School Students and Athletes. She also played Travel Ball for the Texas Storm 18 Gold for several years.

During her freshman year at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., Pettit had a perfect fielding record and maintained a 3.3 grade-point average during the spring semester.

“We are recruiting some of the best and brightest players in the nation to Victoria,” UHV Athletic Director Ashley Walyuchow said. “With players like Courtney coming to our ranks, the future looks very bright indeed.”

Lambeth said she plans to add several new players to the roster for the 2010 season.

The team starts its 2009 season Feb. 6 at the Galveston Island Invitational Tournament in Spring, Texas. The team will play its first home game at 1 p.m. Feb. 14 in doubleheader action against Texas College at the St. Joseph-O’Connor Athletic Complex, located one block northeast of Navarro Street and Airline Drive.

The team was ranked 14th on Tuesday in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Softball Coaches’ Top 25 Preseason Poll. The team was ranked No. 2 nationally among NAIA independent teams.

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The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Ashley Walyuchow