Nov. 29, 2011
OREM, Utah - Reigning PCSC Mountain Division Coach of the Year Todd Fairbourne announced Tuesday that two players signed National Letters of Intent to play softball at Utah Valley University.
Joining the Wolverine softball program for the 2013 season will be Debra Lovell (Downey, Calif.) and Morgan Summers (Tremonton, Utah).
"We are trying to upgrade the program and we're very excited to have signed these two individuals," Fairbourne said. "The two will bring speed and power to the team. We are going to lose some key contributors from our lineup after this season and by adding these two we feel like they will help to improve the program."
Lovell is a junior college transfer from Midland College in Midland, Texas. She will come to UVU as a junior and brings many accolades with her, as she was an All-Conference and All-Region player during her freshman year at Midland. The third baseman was also Offensive Player of the Year during her freshman campaign as she batted .417 with 15 home runs. She also excelled for her club team the OC Dynasty.
During her time at Downey High School in Downey, Calif., Lovell was a First Team All-League selection all four years and a two-time First Team All-CIF player. She was also a two-time Golden Glove award recipient. Lovell graduated from Downey High School in 2010 with a 3.4 GPA and plans on majoring in Criminal Justice at UVU.
"Debra is a middle of the order hitter and I'm expecting her to come right in and make an immediate impact at third base or somewhere in the infield," Fairbourne added. "She was looked at by a number of other schools, some of which that are top 30 or top 40 programs."
Summers, the younger sister of current UVU softball pitcher Josi Summers, is a senior at Bear River High School in Garland, Utah. The outfielder/infielder is already a two-time All-State, All-Region and First Team All-Area performer. The left-handed hitter was also named to the All-Tournament team during her sophomore season and has helped lead Bear River to three consecutive 3A State Championships during her time there.
Morgan Summers' sister Josi is a sophomore at UVU this year so the sisters will be able to play together for Fairbourne for two seasons. The younger Summers plans on majoring in Behavioral Science at Utah Valley. Morgan also has enjoyed success on the diamond for her club team the So Cal Pumas.
"Morgan is an exceptional athlete," said Fairbourne. "She brings a left-handed bat and has great speed. She is Division I physically across the board and can be a five-tool player for us."
"Both of these athletes are going to contribute for us. We've got some large shoes to fill in the lineup and I know that both girls coming in have a competitive nature and the expectations for success."