Getting to Know UCF Softball's Marissa Menendez

Jan. 14, 2010

By Sarah Tarasewicz

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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - One of seven newcomers to join the UCF softball team in 2010, freshman Marissa Menendez is looking to make an immediate impact on the team and earn a spot in the Knights' starting lineup.

A four-year starter at Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Menendez knows what it takes to earn one of those 10 coveted starting spots. In her freshman season, the second baseman garnered her team's Rookie of the Year Award, before being named a 2006 Florida High School All-State Second Team selection.

The speedy lefty continued to garner honors from her teammates as a sophomore, as she was tabbed Chamberlain's Best Offensive Player in 2007.

Menendez put together her best work on the diamond in her final campaign with the Chiefs, as she earned a spot on both the All-Western Conference First Team and the Florida High School All-State First Team, while also being named the Prime Time Player of the Year.

While playing travel ball with the Gold Coast Hurricanes, Menendez and her squad took home runner-up honors at the ASA Gold Nationals.

Besides softball, Menendez also earned four letters in volleyball at Chamberlain HS.

Menendez, who was born and raised in Tampa, is the daughter of Vince and Anita Menendez. She is pursuing a degree in biology.

Season tickets for the 2010 season are only $40 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchase online at UCFAthletics.com or through the Athletics Ticket Office by calling (407) 823-1000.

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