Owls look forward to USCAA playoffs

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PRESQUE ISLE, Me (WAGM) - The UMPI softball team is in the USCAA softball tournament for the first time in school history. The fourth seeded Owls take on number five College of Saint Joseph's Monday in the double elimination tournament.

The University of Maine Presque Isle softball team isn't happy just to make the USCAA tournament.

"We're going to go there and play some tough teams. We're going to do really well I hope, hopefully come home with the championship, that would be awesome," said senior Amanda Allen.

For Allen, the playoffs are more than just a shot at a title. It's a result of four years hard work.

"It's really awesome, I can't explain it. We've been working hard since day one, so to get the opportunity is really great," Allen explained.

Allen is one of the few seniors on the team, and head coach Sara Shaw says the upperclassmen have done a nice job getting the team ready for big games throughout the season.

"Our senior leadership has been fantastic and they've brought along the freshman and sophomores who've played like seniors. They've just done pretty well and our freshman don't play like freshman," Shaw said.

The Owls are keeping the practices relaxed and feel they can compete with any team in the tournament after winning 25 games in the regular season. A championship would add to the team's historic season.

"They're excited. To be the first UMPI female team to make it to a national tournament for the USCAA's is a big deal to them. So they're excited and ready to go," Shaw added.