March 27, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Nearly midway into the season, purduesports.com checked in with freshman infielder Alyssa Koorsen to get her thoughts on the year thus far and get to know what's going on in the head of the rookie. Koorsen shares about nerves, goals and her music and TV habits.
What are you looking forward to most this year?
Learning and growing my own game and also transitioning from high school ball to college ball; it's a lot different. So, just becoming a better player overall.
What was the most challenging part of the fall for you?
I think just adjusting to not being at home and adjusting to the game here and being homesick.
If you could look into the future, what would you like to see yourself accomplishing by the end of your senior year?
I think the best thing I could get out of this are the relationships that I develop with the girls and my teammates and people that I encounter, because those are lasting and softball is not lasting.
What are your goals for your first season?
I definitely want to go to postseason with the team, I want to get out of here with a 3.5 or above for my GPA, and then just get better as a player overall.
What's your major?
What are you most nervous for this season?
Just not knowing, and the unexpected. With traveling and stuff, now we are pretty adjusted, but at the beginning, not knowing what to expect with that, and how college games operate compared to other games.
How was the transition from high school softball to college softball?
It was difficult for me. I'm actually still adjusting to just the speed of the game. This program is such a speed-oriented program, so that for me has just really been tough.
What do you feel you bring to the team?
I feel like I bring a different perspective on the batters, because I'm just a pure lefty hitter, and I'm not a slapper as much or a bunter. That and I've been working on communicating more in the dugout and stuff.
What was it like getting on the bus for your first road game?
It was awesome; it felt amazing. It was like finally all my goals had been accomplished. It was just pure excitement.
What teams are you most excited to play this year?
I'm excited to play IU just because of the rivalry. It will be really intense so I think that will be fun.
What is your guilty pleasure, a TV show, book song or food you can't live without?
I love Jersey Shore. I got Coach Maher hooked on it, so that's my guilty pleasure.
What is on your iPod that would surprise your teammates?
I have a lot of classical music on my iPod actually, a lot of piano stuff. Sometimes when I'm just trying to relax and study I just try and listen to a lot of instrumental music.
How was it playing in your first college game?
It was nerve-wracking, but the good kind of nervous. The kind where it makes you better, but it doesn't hinder you.
Interview by Katie Ciabotti