The Lynchburg College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our Hornet of the Week. The 31st student-athlete selected this year is softball junior Melanie Tenney.
Melanie has had a great Spring for the Hornets, including leading the team in batting average this past weekend at the ODAC Championships. For her efforts, she was named an All-ODAC Third-Team honoree. In her time at Lynchburg, she has also helped solidify one of the best field hockey defenses in the nation.
What are your aspirations after graduation?
I plan to attend Graduate School and receive a Masters and Doctorate in English. Hopefully, I will become a College Professor and Coach someday. I also hope to travel the world and even get paid for it, so I am looking into teaching abroad.
How does it feel to be on two competitive teams and still maintain a high GPA?
It's challenging to say the least; however, it is also extremely rewarding. My sports keep me busy and active, but my schoolwork has always come first. I try to manage my time as best as possible.
What do you like most about LC softball?
I love my teammates. Lynchburg Softball is all-consuming, and a lot of teams would really suffer if they had to spend as much time together as we do. Every player wants to win, wants to have fun, and wants to make LC proud. I feel grateful for the people I am surrounded by.
How did it feel to have a 30-win season and finish second in the ODAC in softball this year?
I feel ecstatic and relieved that our record finally reflects the time and effort we put into this sport. This is one of the few teams I have played on that works for every win and would never lose without a fight. Even though we didn't finish first in the ODAC, it gives us something to work towards next year.