Haley Culley and the Ole Miss softball team have had a strong first week of practice.
Jan. 17, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. – After one week of practice now in the books, positivity and determination are two themes encompassing the Ole Miss softball program.
Entering her third season at the helm, head coach Windy Thees has enjoyed what she has seen from her experienced and deep 2014 roster.
“We’ve had really good emotion and focus,” Thees said. “Our players came back from their break ready to get after it and they’ve done that. We’ve had pretty decent weather for the most part, so we’ve been able to accomplish many different things on the field and in the batting cages.”
The Rebels have had a mixture of sunshine, rain, above average temperatures and chilly afternoons in their first week back from the winter break, but they’ve brought a focus to each session that Thees has been excited about.
“This team has really started to become a family,” she said.
Ole Miss returns a bevy of talent to the diamond this season, including eight of nine starters from a year ago and four of five pitchers. One season after breaking the program’s fielding percentage mark and ranking fifth nationally with a .979 clip, the Rebels return their entire starting infield in 2014.
With such depth and experience returning, Thees said she has seen a heightened focus and determination from her six seniors.
“They are very determined to accomplish some things they have yet to accomplish here at Ole Miss,” Thees said. “They want to go to the SEC Tournament and postseason play. They want to beat some teams we haven’t beaten while they’ve been here. They’re very determined and they’re leading us in a very, very positive direction throughout practices.”
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