Senior Earns Honors in First Season with UMass Boston Softball
Last week, senior exercise and health sciences major Kirsten Morrison became the first UMass Boston Beacon to earn All-Conference honors in three sports: volleyball, basketball, and softball.
Recruited for volleyball, the North Reading native says she always wanted to play softball her senior year. And what a year she had. In her first and only season with the Beacons, Morrison had a .412 batting average and finished with 28 hits, 11 runs scored, and 12 RBI. Though her softball success is what put her in the UMass Boston record books, she says she doesn’t have a favorite sport.
“My favorite sport is whatever season I’m in,” Morrison said. “I’m dedicated to each team and whatever season I’m in is whatever mode my mind’s in, whether it’s volleyball, basketball, or softball.”
And it’s hard to pick a college career highlight. This year, Morrison became the seventh player in women’s basketball program history to score 1,000 points. The volleyball team won the NCAA regional tournament in three of her four years. In her junior year Morrison was named to the volleyball all-tournament team, and in her freshman year, she was the Little East Conference’s Rookie of the Year.
“It’s awesome. It’s such a thrill to be on such a successful team like that and the coaching staff is unbelievable. It’s like a second family for me. All of the teams that I’ve been playing for here are really close.”
Morrison also found time to serve on a committee that organizes events for all athletes, such as the Battle of the Beacons. Competing by class, the student athletes take part in things like dodgeball, tug-of-war, and a pie-eating contest. This year’s event is on Friday.
She also helps maintain the athletics facilities. After she graduates this month, Morrison will be interning at the YMCA in Quincy. She hopes to eventually coach.
“I would love to coach college athletes. After being here four years, I know what it’s like to put in the dedication, the time, the effort, and I would love to help other programs succeed,” Morrison said.
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