Sara Plourde Continues Play With Canadian National Team

Sara Plourde

Sara Plourde

July 18, 2013

Former Massachusetts softball standout Sara Plourde is continuing her stint with the Canadian National Team, this week at the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship.

Coming off last week's 2-0 record at the World Cup of Softball VIII in Oklahoma City, Okla., the three-time All-America selection for the Minutewomen and her Team Canada teammates will face a schedule consisting of teams from Australia, Japan, Venezuela and the United States. The games are being contested in Surrey, British Columbia.

Plourde is part of a select trio of former UMass players to play for their national teams, joining Danielle Henderson and Kaila Holtz.

Henderson played for the USA from 1999-2000, participating in the Pan American Games and 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia and collected a Gold Medal in the process.

A three-time All-America selection, Henderson was a four-time All-Atlantic 10 selection and a four-time A-10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player from 1996-99. She capped her brilliant UMass career in 1999 by winning the Honda Award, given annually to the nation's top softball player.

Holtz was a member of the Canadian National Team for four seasons and participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. At the 2003 Pan American Games, Holtz and Team Canada won the Silver Medal.

Holtz went 75-25 with a 1.40 ERA at UMass from 2000-03. She tossed 92 complete games, including 35 shutouts, with five no-hitters and one perfect game. She was a two-time Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year, three-time NFCA All-Region selection, three-time A-10 All-Tournament team member and the MVP of the 2002 A-10 Championship.




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