Born in California, Dejah Mulipola stars on the softball field at the University of Arizona. The Polynesian-American is a right-handed hitting catcher.
Over her first three seasons, in 181 games, Dejah is hitting .320 with 47 home runs, 140 rbi's and 139 runs scored with a .672 slugging percentage. In 2018, she was a Second-Team All-Pac-12 selection and in 2019, she was a First-Team All-Pac-12 selection.
On the international scene, she was a Gold Medalist at the 2019 Pan American games and also at the Japan Cup. She also was a 2018 USA Softball International Cup Bronze Medalist.
Last year, Dejah was selected to be a member of the 2020 Olympic team. In July, Dejah will join her Team USA mates in Tokyo to go for the gold.
I have previously written how excited I am about the softball games at the Olympics. Although I am not much of a fan of the Olympics in general, I will be watching Team USA softball. Over the last few years of covering the National Pro Fastpitch Chicago Bandits and Northwestern and DePaul's softball teams, I have fallen in love with the sport and I have gotten to know many of the members of Team USA.
Because she is in college out west, I don't know Dejah very well. I only met her last summer when Team USA was in Rosemont for a week of training and exhibition games. I talked to her briefly and she is super-excited about being part of Team USA.
Dejah Mulipola and me in Rosemont, IL-June 2019.