Former Bama softball star continues with U.S. National Team

Former Alabama All-American Ashley Holcombe (Fayetteville, Ga.) was selected to the 2011 USA Softball Women's National Team. Holcombe will begin her third summer with Team USA as she was selected to the 18-person roster after a tryout in Chula Vista, Calif., this past week.

The roster for the 2011 USA Softball Women's National Team is now set as announced Friday by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball. The 18-person roster, plus one alternate, will hit the road in less than a week for their first competition, a two-game exhibition series in Plant City, Fla., on Saturday, June 25.

After the matchup in Florida, the team will travel to Salem, Va., for another exhibition series on June 29. The final tune-up before International play will be in Bowie, Md., on July 1. All exhibition games will be a doubleheader format against the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team,

From July 9-17, 12 of the 18 players will play in their first International tournament at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., before returning home for the World Cup of Softball VI, July 21-25 in Oklahoma City.

The USA Softball Women's National Team will seek its 9th Pan American Games title, Oct. 17-23, in Guadalajara, Mexico for the final competition of 2011. With six consecutive titles, USA Softball will again be a top contender during the XVI Pan American Games.