It is the end of the road of a memorable and rewarding journey. All the sweat, fatigue, 6 A. M. workouts, long practices, and punishment foul poles, combined with all the laughs, smiles, farmer's tan's, road trips, and life-long friendships, have made this year unforgettable.
Our team has so much to be proud of this year. We have been "the first" to accomplish so many program goals. Memphis Softball is no longer a new and growing program, but instead an established program that competes at the national level. The 2011 squad took the program to that next level but it could not have been done without the hard work and dedication of the coaches and players that came before us.
What made this team so special? Why were we so successful? In my five years as a Tiger, I have never played on a team that was so focused on one goal. In a team sport with so many players, it is sometimes hard to get everyone on the same page. That was the difference in this team. No matter what was happening off the field or in our individual lives, on the field we were a unit working towards one purpose. The togetherness was there, the competiveness was there, and the passion was there. With these three things going for you, it's hard to lose.
This is only the beginning of great things to come from this program and from the players it produces. After talking to a few of the players who will be returning next year, there's no doubt they want another shot at the NCAA tournament. I am looking forward to following the team and cheering them on as they start a new journey in 2012.
Thank you to all the families that have supported our team this year. As players, we are so fortunate to have the support from the people who we love the most. You all are our biggest fans!
I am so grateful for the experience I have had at the University of Memphis. I truly mean that. I wouldn't trade it for anything. It has been so much more than just playing softball for me. The relationships I have made with my teammates and coaches are irreplaceable. I will truly miss being part of this team but I am leaving with so many incredible memories that will last a lifetime. Besides, once a Tiger always a Tiger! I will now Bleed Blue for the rest of my life!
Go Tigers Go!
Heather Mott #10