Jan. 25, 2013
NC State's 2013 softball season begins on Feb. 8 at the Florida International Panther Invitational in Miami, with a new excitement as the fast-pitch program enters its 10th season, now under the guidance of first-year head coach Shawn Rychcik.
The squad returns three seniors - Caitlin Dent, Katie Mansilla and Bethaney Wells - as well as 2012 ACC Rookie of the Year Renada Davis, a shortstop who set a school record last season with a .362 batting average and a .450 on-base percentage.
On this year's roster of 14 players are five juniors: Scout Albertson, Kirsty Grant, Leah Jones, Hayley Stowe and Chelsea Tate.
As a sophomore last season, Albertson made 51 starts at third base. She was tied for second on the team with five home runs and was second with 32 RBIs.
The native of Randleman, N.C., is the daughter of two former High Point University athletes. Her dad played baseball and her mother played basketball. Her younger brother, Willy, is a freshman on the Campbell baseball team.
Albertson’s middle name is Scout, taken from the Harper Lee classic Southern novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
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Favorite movie: Sex & The City
Favorite song/band: “Awake and Alive” by Skillet
Favorite class/subject: Sport administration
Favorite flavor of ice cream: Cookies and cream
Your ideal fast food meal: Panera Bread apple Fuji salad with broccoli cheddar soup in a bread bowl!
Favorite meal at a full-service restaurant: anything from Cheesecake Factory
Career ambition: sport marketing/ event planning
What is the most interesting thing you have learned about Coach Rychcik, Coach Grimes and Coach Oliver? Coach Grimes speaks Samoan and Spanish.
What specific things did you do between the end of fall practice and the start of the spring semester to improve your game? Running and lifting to stay in shape. Hitting baseballs with my brother.
What is your favorite training/practice activity? Outfield every day (including the "pep talks" with Katie).
What is your least favorite training/practice activity? Dynamic warm up.
When did you first start playing softball, and did you play other sports before it? At six years old. Softball was the first sport I ever played.
All sports you played in high school: Softball, volleyball, basketball.
iphone or Droid? #TeamiPhone
Song/artist most played on your MP3 player: 2 Chainz
Song/artist on your iPod that you are embarrassed to admit that you listen to: Taylor Swift -- "We Are Never Getting Back Together."
The TV channel or show you most watch: “Friends”
TV show you are embarrassed to admit that you watch: “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”
ESPN/MTV/Food Network: ESPN
Favorite accessory in your wardrobe: Shoes!
Something that you cannot live without: Coffee
Besides NC State, what place do you like most in North Carolina: Morehead City
YOU & YOUR TEAMMATES
Best cook on the team: Katie Mansilla
Best jokester on the team: Bethaney Wells
Best singer on the team: Leah Jones
Most likely to play professionally: Renada Davis
Most likely to be voted into NC State Athletics Hall of Fame some day: Renada Davis
Favorite (non-athletics) activity with your teammates: Our frequent sing-a-longs and dance sessions.
Based on your experiences last year, what advice do you have for this year’s three freshmen? Be prepared to contribute immediately, it's going to take all of us working together as a unit to be successful.
Siblings: Brother: Willy (freshman baseball player at Campbell University)
What/how many pets did you have growing up: Two dogs, Jake and Zoey
Favorite vacation location: Cancun, Mexico
Did either of your parents play college/professional sports: Both
For whom: Baseball at High Point University
How long: Four years
How much influence did that have on your decision to pursue athletics: A lot -- Dad is my biggest fan and I strive to be more like him every day.
For whom: Basketball at High Point University
How long: Four years
How much influence did that have on your decision to pursue athletics: A lot -- Mom has always been a great athlete and has motivated me to pursue my dreams since I was young.
What’s the thing you miss most about home (besides family): The little things in life that small towns make you appreciate.
ALL SPORTS, ALL THE TIME
Sports idol as a child: Josh Hamilton
Favorite teams (any sport): Texas Rangers, newly LA Angels fan
Person in sports that you would most like to meet/why: Josh Hamilton, my idol, most inspirational story in sports. His book "Beyond Belief" is a frequent read for me.
Proudest moment from last season: Game-winning hit against Georgia.
Pregame routines or superstitions you or your teammates have? Listening to my walk-up song "Awake and Alive" and doing my handshakes with Caitlin and Leah and Tate.
A unique talent that either you or a teammate have: Wellsy is great at playing the guitar!
Something that not many people know about you: My younger brother is my heart and soul.