Quintet Sign With Rebel Softball

Dec. 5, 2012

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV softball program, led by first-year head coach Lisa Dodd, has received signed national letters of intent from Brittany Abacherli, Samantha Agamaite, Morgan Ettinger, Sydney Mundell and Shelby Smith. The quintet will be eligible to enroll at the university in the fall of 2013 and suit up for the Rebels that following spring.

"These 2013 players are very special to me because they have all bought into our program with it being a complete unknown to them," said Dodd. "They are fun, energetic and they work hard. The five of them are all beyond excited to be a part of our Rebel family. Each player brings a little something different to the table and I really think they will fit in well with the returning players."

Abacherli will graduate from Santiago High School in Corona, Calif., in 2013. She has lettered three years in softball and started each season in centerfield for the Sharks. As a junior, she hit .402 with 35 hits (five home runs) and 25 RBI. Has helped the Sharks to a 78-17 combined record the past three seasons en route to two Big VIII Conference titles (2010 and '11) and one runner-up finish (2012). The team has made three trips to the CIF playoffs with a southern section championship in 2011 and a finalist showing in '12. Individually, she was named to the 2011 all-state underclassman second team and a year later she earned All-Big VIII and All-Inland Second Team honors. She plays travel softball with CA Lite 18U Gold.

"Brittany is a speedy outfielder that is a spark plug at the plate and a defense's worst nightmare because she can do it all. She's going to make things happen. We look for her to jump into the top of the line up and help get things going for us. She's also a competitor out there in center field and will come in and make an impact right away by pushing our veteran outfielders all the while competing for a starting spot."

Agamaite, a native of Westminster, Calif., will graduate from Marina High School in Huntington Beach, Calif., in 2013. She has lettered two years in softball, once apiece at Pacifica High School (2009) and Marina (2010). As a junior, she was named to the All-Sunset League Second Team and named the team's defensive player of the year. Since 2011, she has played travel softball with the Pure Fastpitch.

"Samantha is a catcher/corner player that is going to bring a new sense of energy to the team. She's going to take charge of the game from behind the plate and has the qualities of a natural born leader. She's got a great personality, a great skills set, and is just ready to compete!"

Smith will graduate from La Porte High School in La Porte, Texas in 2013. She has lettered three times in softball, twice at La Porte (2010 and '11) and once at Clear Falls High School (2012). She helped the Clear Falls Knights to a 2012 area championship after leading the La Porte Bulldogs to district and bi-district titles a year earlier. In 2012, she was named to the all-district first team and chosen the district's defensive player of the year. She was also named to the all-county first team and team MVP. She plays travel softball with the Texas Storm.

"Shelby will also share some time with Agamaite behind the plate. She is catcher/utility player from the Lone Star State and has a big Texas personality to go along with it. I anticipate Shelby playing several different positions for us, but above all, she is going to hit! She's a big, strong kid with a great lefty swing, good power and she runs well for her size."

Ettinger will graduate from Ruben S. Ayala High School in Chino Hills, Calif., in 2013. She has lettered three years in softball, the first two were at Oswego East High School (2010 and '11), while the third came at Ayala (2012). Last season, she helped the Bulldogs, who finished the year 19-12, to the CIF playoffs. She was named to the Sierra League's Second Team in 2012 after earning All-Southwest Prairie Conference honors during her freshman and sophomore seasons. In 2010, she broke Oswego East's school record for strikeouts with 142. She plays travel softball with the Firecrackers.

Mundell will graduate from Valencia High School in Valencia, Calif., in 2013. She has lettered three years in softball for the Vikings. She has helped the team to a combined 43-18 overall record and consecutive runner-up finishes in Foothill Conference play. The 2011 edition reached the quarterfinals of the CIF playoffs, while the '12 squad advanced to the second round. She began playing travel softball with the California Cruisers this year.

"Our two incoming pitchers, Morgan and Sydney, are going to complement each other beautifully. They both play for highly prestigious travel ball teams in Southern California and have really blossomed and matured into very effective pitchers. Ettinger has got good speed and even better location on her pitches. She is a very efficient pitcher and has a great competitive demeanor in the circle. Mundell is going to be a great change of pace, because she is a spinner-type pitcher. She can move the ball around and mix speeds, but the most exciting thing about her is that she is effective and will be used as a starting pitcher, in the middle relief position, and come in to close big games, as well. The two of them make for a deeper, stronger pitching staff and will really add a competitive spirit to our battery."

"We are beyond excited about all five of the signee's and not only are they all great student-athletes and players, but they are good people too. We look for great things to come from all of them."

Although the five signees will have to wait to attend UNLV until the fall of '13, the softball program opens up its season on Feb. 8 against DePaul and Louisville in the Sportco Kick-Off Classic at Eller Media Stadium.