MEET THE MAVS

MEET THE MAVS

This Kidwell-sponsored content series highlights the unique stories of UNO student-athletes that have built a special connection to our city and community.

MEET THE MAVS

This Kidwell-sponsored content series highlights the unique stories of UNO student-athletes that have built a special connection to our city and community.

This series is brought to you by United Dairy Industry of Michigan.

I can’t start my story without mentioning my family foundation.

Growing up, my mom and dad played a crucial role in my softball journey.

They weren’t just my parents; they were also my coaches.

From a very young age, they were on the sidelines, guiding and molding me into the athlete I am today.

It was like having a built-in support system.

Throughout my childhood, they were always there, pushing me to be better, teaching me the fundamentals, and instilling in me a love for the game.

I was lucky enough to have parents who not only supported me but also had the knowledge and experience to help me excel in my chosen sports.

They were my coaches until high school.

At that point, I had to start getting used to watching them cheer me on from the stands.

One thing that set my experience apart from some other athletes in Nebraska, is that in Iowa we played high school softball in the summer.

This allowed me to participate in multiple sports without having to choose between them.

I know some athletes had to make the tough decision to focus on just one sport, but I’m grateful that I didn’t have to make that choice.

The drive to success

As I grew older and entered high school, my drive to succeed in softball intensified.

Our high school team was one of the top teams in our conference, and that success fueled my hunger for more.

I found myself torn between pursuing volleyball and softball for college, but I ended up choosing softball and began the recruiting process.

What drew me to UNO was not just the campus or the coaches, but the feeling that I could make a real impact there.

I didn’t want to be just another number on a team; I wanted to be an impact player.

And I truly believe that I have accomplished that at UNO.

Some people may have said I could have gone to a bigger school, but for me, it was about finding a place where I could create lasting memories and truly make a difference.

Transitioning to college

Transitioning from high school to college was a big adjustment, both personally and athletically.

Being away from home was tough, especially for someone like me who is very family-oriented.

But I quickly found my groove and settled into a routine.

After freshman year, living off-campus with a few roommates helped create a sense of home and provided a space where I could find peace and quiet.

But beyond the personal adjustments, the community at UNO made all the difference.

The support from my teammates, coaches, and the entire UNO community was incredible.

Sometimes, as a smaller school overshadowed by bigger programs like Nebraska and Creighton, we felt like we were pushed to the side.

But the UNO community always had our backs.

They believed in us, cheered us on, and made us feel like we were part of something special.

What drew me to UNO was not just the campus or the coaches, but the feeling that I could make a real impact there. I didn't want to be just another number on a team; I wanted to be an impact player. And I truly believe that I have accomplished that at UNO.

The conference title

One of the highlights of my college softball career was winning the Summit League Championship.

We had been in a fierce rivalry with South Dakota State, always fighting for the top spot.

And finally, in 2023, we broke through and beat the undefeated Jackrabbits.

It was a moment of triumph and validation for all the hard work we had put in.

Personally, being named the tournament MVP was an incredible honor.

But I couldn’t have achieved that without my teammates.

Softball is a team sport, and every win is a collective effort.

It was a testament to the skills and dedication of the entire team, not just me. We had worked so hard to get to that point, and it was a dream come true to represent UNO in the NCAA tournament.

Looking ahead

As I reflect on my time at UNO and look ahead to the future, I am filled with gratitude.

Gratitude for my parents, who were not only my coaches but also my biggest supporters.

Gratitude for the UNO community, who embraced and cheered us on every step of the way.

And gratitude for the opportunity to pursue my passion for softball and education.

After graduation, I plan to become an elementary school teacher. It’s a career path that aligns with my love for children and my desire to make a positive impact.

And, on top of it all, I recently got engaged, adding an extra layer of excitement and anticipation to my future.

I am truly grateful for the experiences, the friendships, and the growth I have experienced at UNO.

It has shaped me into the person and the athlete I am today.

As I continue my journey, I’ll carry with me the lessons I’ve learned on and off the field, the support of my loved ones, and the memories I’ve made as a proud member of the UNO community.