SB: Lyles and Villanueva named preseason All-WAC
Jan. 29, 2013
Lyles went 7-13 with a 2.21 ERA for the Mavericks last season. Villanueva transferred to UTA from Cal State Monterey Bay. She was named to the All-WAC team as a first baseman, but is moving to shortstop.
"I have no question that at first base Nina would have been an all-conference player," UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox said. "This might be a little harder for her at shortstop because that's not her most natural position, but that's what we need her to do. She has stepped up into that role.
"Teri is going to hold a brunt of the workload. We look for her to go out and be competitive against those batters, and use that competitive edge that she has inside of her. She's so mentally tough."
UT Arlington placed seventh in the rankings. The Mavericks open the season in Orlando, Fla. in the UCF Holiday Inn Select from Feb. 15-17.
"I don't know if any of the other teams know what we have to offer," said Fox, who's in her first season. "For us it's a good thing. We have no where to go but up. Every game we can prove them wrong, one step at a time."
League newcomer Texas State edged out San Jose State by one point as coaches predicted which team would win the 2013 WAC regular-season crown.
The Bobcats had 43 points and five first-place votes, just ahead of San Jose State in second place with 42 points and two first-place votes. New Mexico State was third with 39 points and one first-place vote. UTSA came in fourth place with 30 points, followed by Louisiana Tech in fifth with 22 points and Utah State in sixth with 20 points. Seattle U rounded out the poll 13 points.
The preseason All-WAC team, as selected by the coaches, was also announced.
2013 Preseason Softball All-WAC Team