Jan 11th, 2010 @ 7:06 pm | Author: VCSU Sports Information
Caitlynn May, a catcher from Galena, Missouri and Caitlin Giesbrecht, a catcher/utility player from Winnipeg, Manitoba are the two latest student athletes to sign with the Valley City State University Viking Softball team for the 2010-2011 season.
As a junior in the 2009 season, May hit for a .503 batting average with a .735 on base percentage while connecting for one home run, three triples and an amazing 42 RBI. May also swiped nine steals while on the bases. For her efforts, May was voted at the team Most Valuable Player, her second such award after being named team MVP as a freshman. May has also been awarded with a 2nd Team All Southwest Central League Team and has been honored as an Academic All Conference player for every year she has played.
Not just a one sport athlete, May has been a four year starter in volleyball and has been an All Conference, All District and Honorable Mention All Region volleyball player as well as a three year starter on the basketball team at Galena High School.
Off the court and field, May has been an active member in the BETA Club, Secretary of the FTA and President of the FBLA while maintaining a 3.95 GPA. Caitlynn is the daughter of Bryan and Mary May and is coached by Valley City State University graduate Jared Hoff.
'Getting Caitlynn to commit to VCSU is a good thing for us,' said head coach Chad Slyter. 'Coach Hoff worked with our program while he was a student here and he knows what kind of athletes we look for on the softball field. Caitlynn is and will be the kind of player we like in the program. She'll hit for both power and average at the plate and I'm confident she'll learn our system and become an accomplished catcher in a Viking uniform.'
Giesbrecht, a 2009 high school graduate of J.H. Bruns Collegiate in Winnipeg, MB, has been a member of a number of championship winning teams. A member of Western Canadian Championship teams in 2005 and 2008, Giesbrecht was also a member of the National Champion team in 2006. She was also voted to the All Star teams in 2006 and 2007 and has been the recipient of a number of Player of the Game Awards.
Giesbrecht was an Honor Student for eight years in school and was an accomplished business student. She has won a number of awards in various business clubs that she has been associated with including Highest Dollar Sales, Product of the Year and Company Website of the Year, in addition to a number of others. She was also President of Marketing and Sales.
For the past three years, Giesbrecht has done volunteer work for the Circle Square Ranch, a children's Bible Camp. Caitlin is the daughter of Larry and Agnes Giesbrecht.
[image2]Slyter commented on Giesbrecht's commitment saying, 'Caitlin is another accomplished softball player we are getting out of Winnipeg. She is versatile on the field, being able to play a number of different positions and she has had a lot of success with the teams she has been on. It is good to add someone that has been on winning teams that knows how to win. Off the field, you're hard pressed to find a nicer more sincere person as shown by the volunteering that Caitlin does with children. She will be a great fit at VCSU.'