AUGUSTA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference has
announced the 2009 preseason softball All-Conference team and North
Georgia’s Laura Voyles and Courtney McGuire were named to the
team. The all-conference squad is administered and voted on by the
league’s sports information directors.
Francis Marion had the most honorees with three while Georgia College & State University, North Georgia and UNC Pembroke had two each. USC Aiken and Armstrong Atlantic State had one player on the team.
Laura Voyles was named PBC All-Conference and a third-team All-American last year for North Georgia at second base. Back for her junior year, Voyles was second in the PBC with a .419 batting average and led the team with 67 hits. She hit six home runs and drove in 26 with a .623 slugging percentage and stole nine bases.
Courtney McGuire was named Peach Belt All-Conference and All-Region for the Saints last year. The returning junior hit .358 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs. She led the team and was third in the PBC with a .648 slugging percentage and was also third in the league with 20 doubles.
The Saints were picked to win the Peach Belt Conference for the first time in school history according to the preseason coaches poll. North Georgia received five of a possible nine first-place votes to capture the top spot in the poll voted on by the league’s head coaches.
2009 Peach Belt Softball
Preseason All-Conference Team
First Base – Tamela Bell, Francis Marion
Second Base – Laura Voyles, North Georgia
Third Base – Jelena Shaw, UNC Pembroke
Shortstop – Shannan Tyson, Francis Marion
Catcher – Jessica Strickland, USC Aiken
Outfield – Sherquita Bostick, GCSU
Outfield – Jessica Birchmeier, Francis Marion
Outfield – Courtney McGuire, North Georgia
Pitcher – Mandy Chandler, GCSU
Pitcher – Martika Elmore, UNC Pembroke
Designated Player – Sam Floyd, Armstrong Atlantic State