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Collings makes cut for Team Canada

Tsawwassen catcher to play in upcoming tournaments for national women's team

Paige Collings has cracked the summer roster for the national women's softball team.

The Tsawwassen catcher was named to the 18-player roster following a week long final selection camp in Whitehorse, YK.

After spending her youth career as a standout with the Delta Heat organization, Collings earned a scholarship to Drexel University where she has been an all-conference player for three straight seasons.

This past season, she led the Philadelphia school in five offensive categories -- batting average (.333), home runs (nine), RBIs (33), slugging percentage (.612) and on-base percentage (.409).

Her home run total set a new single-season team record, breaking the old mark of eight she set in 2010. She is now just five home runs shy of tying the Drexel all-time record and 21 RBIs away from reaching the 100-RBI mark for her career. She also ranked second in the league in slugging, third in RBIs and fourth in home runs.

Collings, who is majoring in biological sciences, was also named to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Academic All-Area Softball Team. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 or higher.

The Team Canada selection camp was nothing more than a formality for North Delta's Jennifer Yee who has already established herself as one of the country's top players.

First up for the national team is the The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championships from July 9-17 at Softball City. Canada is playing a double round-robin against Australia, Japan, the United States and Venezuela.

The Canadian roster also includes: Meagan Baird (Ajax, ON), Jennifer Caira (Toronto), Jocelyn Cater (Maple Ridge), Heather Ebert (Rosthern, SK), Kelsey Habert (Burnaby), Victoria Hayward (Toronto), Karissa Hovinga (Edmonton, AB), Danielle Lopez (Barrie, ON), Joey Lye (Toronto, ON), Melanie Matthews (Surrey), Sarah Phillips (Mississauga), Kaleigh Rafter (Guelph), Jenna Rodriguez (Edmonton), Jill Russell (London, ON), Hannah Schwarz (Scarborough (ON) and Megan Timpf (Port Dover, ON).