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May 11, 2021

Clemson Earns Nine Selections on All-ACC Softball Team

CLEMSON, S.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the 2021 All-ACC Team on Tuesday, including a league-best 12 distinctions from the 2021 ACC regular-season champion Clemson Softball team in its first full season.

ACC Release

2021 ACC Player and Freshman of the Year Valerie Cagle (Yorktown, Va.) along with McKenzie Clark (Myakka City, Fla.) and Marissa Guimbarda (Suwanee, Ga.) became the first three players in program history to earn first team honors. Clemson and Florida State were the only programs to earn three recipients on the first team. Alia Logoleo (Nashville, Tenn.) and Ansley Gilstrap (Blythewood, S.C.) nabbed second and third team all-conference distinctions, respectively. In addition to Cagle, Clark, and Logoleo, lefty pitcher Millie Thompson (Bedford, Va.) was also named to the ACC’s All-Freshman Team. The Tigers were the only team in the league to boast four all-freshman honorees.

In addition to Cagle earning ACC Player and Freshman of the Year accolades, Clemson Head Coach John Rittman was voted the ACC’s Coach of the Year by his peers as announced on ACC Network’s Packer And Durham Tuesday morning.

ACC Player of the Year

#72 Valerie Cagle • RHP/OF • *Fr.


ACC Freshman of the Year

#72 Valerie Cagle • RHP/OF • *Fr.


ACC Coach of the Year

John Rittman (second season)


First Team All-ACC

#7 McKenzie Clark • OF • Fr.

#25 Marissa Guimbarda • OF/UTL • *Jr.

#72 Valerie Cagle • RHP/OF • *Fr.


Second Team All-ACC

#16 Alia Logoleo • INF/OF • *Fr.


Third Team All-ACC

#8 Ansley Gilstrap • INF • Gr.


ACC All-Freshman Team

#7 McKenzie Clark • OF • Fr.

#16 Alia Logoleo • INF/OF • *Fr.

#72 Valerie Cagle • RHP/OF • *Fr.

#87 Millie Thompson • LHP • Fr.

Up next, the top-seeded Tigers will face the winner of No. 8 Syracuse (20-23, 12-20 ACC) and No. 9 Georgia Tech (19-25, 11-19 ACC) on Thursday at 11 a.m. ET in the quarterfinals of the 2021 ACC Softball Championship at Ulmer Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. All 2021 ACC Softball Championship contests will broadcast on ACC Network with the exception of Saturday’s title game, which will air on ESPN (originally ESPN2) at noon. 2021 ACC Tournament Bracket

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