The Univeristy of Maine Presque Isle softball team will be leavng for the USCAA National Championship this weekend. This will be UMPI's third straight National appearance.
(Sara Shaw):"We are really excited. It is a big deal to make it three years in a row. We have a couple of seniors who have been there for three years. We are really excited to make it again and hopefully this year we can take it another step further and compete even more than we did last year."
The Owls finished the season at 25-11 and were ranked in the top six throughout the season. UMPI picked up several big wins along the way, stopping North Atlantic Conference teams Thomas and Husson and stopping another USCAA playoff team in Penn State Brandiwine.
Shaw:" We are always concerned because there are some really good teams that make it and some really good teams that don't get in. You always have to leave no doubt. We are always nervous."
The impressive part for the team, they are winning with a very young squad.
Shaw:" We have just two seniors. Only a couple of other players who saw time at Nationals. We will play a lot of freshman. They are really poised."
As always the players are on the road every weekend and also have to practice indoors for much of the season when they are on campus
(Nicole Marucci):" Traveling all the day is really hard. It is hard on the body and it hard missing classes all the time. Trying to do homework on the road. It makes you a better person not just an athlete. You grow as a person because of everything you have to accomplish.
The only other senior on the team is Sara Packard. She is delivering a simple message to the younger players on the team.
(Sara Packard):" It's just softball. It's the game you have played your whole life.it is the game you love to play just play softball be true to yourself and the program. Just remember that."