Rainbow Wahine freshman Rachel Lack was again named to Australia’s national team this week after a solid performance in national championships in early January.
Lack made her debut with the national team last year and returns to the roster along with former UH standouts Kaia Parnaby, Stacey Porter, Justine Smethurst and Clare Warwick.
Lack played with Porter and Parnaby for New South Wales in the Open Women’s National Championship held Jan. 4-10 and hit .371 with four doubles while driving in nine runs. In 13 games, she started five at catcher, four at third base, two in left field and two in right.
UH coach Bob Coolen entered the spring with Lack slated to hit leadoff for the Rainbow Wahine and she could contribute both in the outfield and behind the plate.
>> The USA Today/NFCA Division I preseason poll was released on Tuesday with four UH opponents appearing in the top 25.
Fourth-ranked Oklahoma, which received one first-place vote, and No. 25 DePaul face each other in the opening game of the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic on Feb. 5 at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. UH opens against St. Mary’s before playing Oklahoma and DePaul in a doubleheader on Feb. 6.
UH faces No. 7 UCLA in the Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic in Las Vegas on Feb. 14. No. 11 Washington returns to RWSS for the Bank of Hawaii Invitational Feb. 20-22 along with Central Florida, which received 16 points in the poll.
Cal State Fullerton was the only Big West team to receive votes with two points.
Defending national champion Florida tops the poll followed by Oregon, Alabama, Oklahoma and Florida State.