'Super Regionals and Beyond'

Since Vann Stuedeman was named head softball coach at Mississippi State, Kylie Vry has bought into everything she has tried to instill in the Bulldog softball program. With Stuedeman approaching her second year as head coach, Vry already notices a different attitude about the team, and she feels it bodes well for the 2013 season.

"She is amazing; her motivation just to win and to make us all a big family is so strong," said Vry. "Having her coach all those All-Americans and her extensive history with pitchers and players has been a great motivation for us."

In addition, Vry has already reaped the benefits of Coach Stuedeman's pitching prowess. Last season she recorded 117 strikeouts and a 3.39 ERA.

"She's taught me to control what you can control and nothing else really matters," said Vry. "Also, having a sense of calmness on the field. I used to get really stressed out butterflies in my stomach. It's helped me relax a little."

After getting over her nerves, Vry started looking towards continuing Stuedeman's pitching tradition.

"We're just all working to become her next big All-American pitcher; were excited for that," she said.

Taking motivation from the coaching staff and last season, Kylie says her team has set the bar high.

"We do have very high expectations," said Vry "It was a sad ending (losing in the NCAA Regionals). I think we all know we could have made it further, and we know this year that it's going to happen. Our expectations are Super Regionals and beyond."

Vry also realizes that this season, in particular, is special because it will be her last.

"Being a senior, this is my last fall," she said. "I'm just trying to make the most of it and not be scared, not have any fear."

She has also stepped into a leadership role on the team, and her fellow leaders are developing freshman to ensure success after they depart.

"Last year we were all freshman under Vann; it was our first year," said Vry. "I think a lot of the upperclassmen have become leaders, helping freshmen that are coming in be more prepared this year."

Mississippi State will close out their fall scrimmage schedule by hosting Wallace-Hanceville in a double-header on Sunday October 21, starting at 1 pm.

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