EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, the University of Iowa softball team will feature on native Iowa on their journey to Iowa City. This week features junior Allison Doocy
IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior Allison Doocy enters her junior season as Iowa’s unquestioned ace in the circle. The Ankeny, Iowa, native earned second-team All-Midwest honors and was named to the 2018 Big Ten All-Tournament team after tying a career-high 15 strikeouts in an upset over Ohio State.
I was born and raised in the state of Iowa. Back in 1984, my parents met while both attending the University of Iowa, so I was raised wearing black and gold and attended many athletic events in Iowa City. Iowa City was always a place that my parents loved coming back to and soon became the place I call home. I have always had a great deal of pride while being a part of the Hawkeye community, but these has multiplied in result of being able to represent my home state. The University of Iowa has and always be the place for me.
GROWING UP IN IOWA
Growing up in the state of Iowa, we had the unique opportunity to play high school softball during the summer. This allowed me to play multiple sports throughout the year. I played softball, volleyball and ran track for Ankeny High School. It wasn’t until I got to the University of Iowa that I specialized in one sport. I loved having the opportunity to be a part of a wide variety of activities, but nothing compares to being a student athlete for The University of Iowa. People from my hometown and my family members are able to continue you to support my collegiate career since I’m not too far away.
Life as a Hawkeye has exceeded the expectations I had set prior to stepping foot on campus. I have gotten to experience many things that I never imagined were possible. While at the University of Iowa, I have had the chance to get a one of a kind education while also stepping on the field with some of the greatest people I have ever met. It is my hope to continue to build as a student athlete as well as an individual in my final 2 year as a Hawkeye. During these last few seasons, our program will continue to work hard to compete within the conference as well at the national level. I am excited to take the field this spring.