UAH Softball player, adjusting to life without sports

Ashley Cornell's senior season came to a halt.

Posted: Mar 18, 2020 10:59 PM

It's normally the busiest time of the year for a college softball player.
Instead, UAH Senior Center Fielder, Ashley Cornell, is doing this.
"Been stuck in the house a lot, doing on line classes that way," Cornell said.
Coronavirus has shut down the sports world,
The NCAA cancelled all spring championships and UAH suspends play indefinitely for spring sports.
Once inseparable, now Cornell is barely around her teammates.
"It's going to be hard not getting to see them every day," Cornell said.
Last week, NCAA officials said they plan to give spring sport athletes another year of eligibility. Helping seniors like Cornell control when their final game is played.
"I was going to get to end my softball career on my terms, instead of it being taken away from me like that," Cornell said.
Still, the decision to return to UAH wasn't easy.
"I had to think about it for a little bit, and talk about it with my parents and stuff," she added.
But Cornell decided to make the best of the situation, and play next season while pursuing a masters in physical education.
"I can take that and teach and coach."
If this season doesn't start back, Cornell says she'll miss her team, who is 10-2 in conference play.
"Cause like we've turned into a family throughout the year," Cornell said.
And if her senior season is over... Cornell says she'll enter year five with unfinished business on the diamond.
"We just weren't ready to be done yet as a team."

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