Softball / Outfielder / Sophomore / Westlake Village, Calif.
Abby Hayes is a sophomore outfielder on the Maroon softball team. During UChicago's spring break trip to Florida, Hayes hit for a .361 batting average with four RBI and eight runs scored.
Head Coach Ruth Kmak: "Abby was consistent throughout our first week of games. She carried our weeks of practice into success in game action. Abby made things happen in her at bats and found ways to get on base, move runners and bring runs in consistently though the week. Basically, she executed what was needed at the time. Her defense also displayed a confidence and comfort level that she has worked hard to improve from last season. She made some great reads and huge catches in situations when runners were on and threatening. She made a difference for us on the field and was a great dugout presence helping create some new cheers and excitement."
Teammate Gabi Angellotti: "Abby Hayes is a teammate you can always count on. Her presence regarding both tangible and intangible aspects of the game is important and impactful. For instance, Abby is consistent, she produces the runs we need to win and gives her all on the field. But at the same time, I know by the look in her eyes that she is confident in every single one of our teammates. Her radiating positive energy holds our team together and carries us through our high and low points. Abby plays selflessly and with her whole heart, leaving everything on the field. She approaches her friendships off the field in the same manner; she is an incredible, supportive friend, only wanting the best for everyone. Playing with her has been a gift, and I am grateful to be able to compete alongside her as we continue in our collegiate careers."
Hayes Quick Facts
- In her free time, Abby likes to explore Chicago and try to find good restaurants.
- Abby was bit by a black widow spider when she was 12.
- Abby wears a ribbon in her hair on game day that is very specifically chosen.
Other WAA nominees
Marjorie Antohi (Women's Tennis)
- Head Coach Jay Tee: "Marjorie has established herself as the heart and soul of our team through her hard work, competitiveness, and love of the game. Despite feeling ill during much of our trip to California, Marjorie fought through her symptoms and competed as hard as she ever does while delivering a big doubles win vs. CMS with partner Lauren Park. As good as Marjorie is as a player, and she’s really, really good, it’s her leadership that has the most impact on our team as a whole."
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