Women's Soccer

June 5, 1998

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami head women’s soccer coachJim Blankenship has announced the signing of forward/defender Deidre Bassand midfielder Jana Escribano to national letters of intent. Thepair become the second and third signees of the University of Miami’s inauguralwomen’s soccer program which begins play in this fall.

Bass was a first-team All-State selection as a senior at Douglas HighSchool in Coral Springs, FL when she scored 13 goals and recorded 10 assists.Bass finished her career at Douglas with 66 total goals. A four-yearveteran of the Olympic Development program, Bass played on the Floridastate team from 1993-95 and in 1997.

“Deidre will be an impact player for the University of Miami,” Blankenshipsaid. “She has the versatility to perform anywhere on the field.”

Escribano earned first-team All-Western Conference status and was namedteam MVP both her junior and senior seasons at Bloomingdale High Schoolin Tampa, FL. As a senior she netted 13 goals for Bloomingdale andwas MVP of the Hillsboro County Senior All-Star Game. Escribano alsohelped lead the Tampa Bay Heather Soccer Club to the national title.

“Jana is a strong, athletic player who we expect to be a major contributorat Miami,” said Blankenship.

Bass and Escribano join Jennifer Sanchez of Ft. Lauderdale (Mast Academy)as signees for the Hurricanes.