|Date: August 7, 2008 HANCOCK, MI -
The Finlandia University women's softball program is
pleased to announce the addition of three outstanding
athletes to this year's program.
The new players who have committed to play for the Lions
in the 2008-09 academic year are Nikole Metter (Rapid
River, Mich.), Andrea Graves (Munising, Mich.), and Tena
Vajcner (Ida, Mich.).
Nikole Metter, a 2008 graduate of Rapid River High
School, played shortstop throughout her high school
career. She earned numerous awards including team
captain and selection for the MHSAA All-District
softball team as a junior and senior.
"I've met with Nikole and her family several times and
she is a very respectful, dedicated, and motivated young
lady," said Head Softball Coach Shawn Hendrickson. "Nikole
has all those great intangibles that you need in a
collegiate athlete and I can't wait to get her out and
on the field this year. With her outstanding work ethic
and positive attitude she'll be a great fit to the
Andrea Graves, a 2008 graduate of Munising High School,
was a four-sport athlete in high school, playing
softball, basketball, volleyball, and golf. Graves will
take the mound for the Lions and also spend some time in
the shortstop position. In high school, she received 10
varsity letters and seven Most Valuable Player awards,
was MHSAA Division II U.P. Golf Champion, and played on
the District Championship volleyball team.
"Andrea is a true athlete, which is something that just
can't be taught," said Coach Hendrickson. "Athletics are
her life and through her years of hard work she has
become an outstanding athlete. Andrea's undeniable
athletic ability and work ethic will most definitely
shine for the Lion's this year. I believe she'll be an
unstoppable force for us."
Tena Vajcner, a 2008 graduate of Ida High School, rounds
out the new softball trio. Vajcner plays third base and
"Tena has played softball her entire life and it shows
in her knowledge, fundamentals, and respect for the
game. She is a true leader and a very hard working,
dedicated and motivated young woman. She knows the game
of softball inside and out," said Coach Hendrickson. "I
look forward to the positive attitude and hard work that
she'll bring to our program."
For additional information about the Finlandia
University women's softball program, please contact
Coach Hendrickson at 906-487-7536 or firstname.lastname@example.org.