July 13, 2012
Team USA softball player Jenae Leles hails from athletic family

Former Rio Americano softball star Jenae Leles, a member of Team USA, comes from a family of athletes.

Her father John played men's tennis at Arizona and professionally; older sister Natalie was an All-American tennis player at Long Beach State; and older brother Jeffrey played soccer at USF.

But it's her mother, Diana, who Jenae credits for her tenacious climb to becoming a first team All-Pacific 10 player at Arizona and a three-year member of the USA Women's National team that starts play today in the International Softball Federation World Championships in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

"If it wasn't for my mom, I don't think I'd be playing at this level," Leles said. "She was the one waking me up at 4 a.m. and driving me three hours to tournaments. She was the backbone as far as my lessons, my training and staying on top of my academics."

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