Katrina Ross commits to Illinois


Nov. 18, 2004

Urbana, Ill. - Katrina Ross, a power-hitting catcher/first baseman has signed a national letter of intent to play softball at Illinois. Ross is a senior at Rogers High School in Puyallup, Wash, a suburb of Tacoma.

Ross is a two-time All-South Pugent Sound League performer, earning First Team honors this season. She also earned First Team All-Area honors in 2004 after leading the Rams to their first District berth in five seasons. Ross, who catches for Rogers, is a standout first baseman for the Washington Absolute Blast club team this fall. She batted .420 with five home runs, two triples, and four triples in 16 games.

Ross joins catcher/third baseman Lana Armstrong from Rowlett, Texas, power hitting infielder Kacey Coonce from Goreville, Ill., and slapping hitting middle infielder Courtney Hoogeveen from Lincoln, Neb., in the 2005 recruiting class.

Illinois Head Coach Terri Sullivan on Ross: "We are really fired up to have Katrina join our class. She flat out hits!! Kat can drive the ball with power to all fields, and we expect her to become a threatening homerun hitter. She is also very versatile defensively, and is a huge competitor. Katrina's family is very supportive, and we have gained some local fans as she has relatives living here in Champaign."