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Student-Athlete Feature: Kasey Hollins

Student-Athlete Feature: Kasey Hollins

Though no events or games are taking place this fall on campus, St. Bonaventure student-athletes still have great stories to tell. During the fall semester, GoBonnies.com will feature members from each of our 17 Division I teams – how they're adjusting to the new norms of campus life, preparing for the upcoming seasons and more.

In this edition, we feature women's soccer sophomore Kasey Hollins.

Hollins, an Orchard Park native, enters her second year with the St. Bonaventure women's soccer program. In her first year with the team, Hollins appeared in seven games, logging 57 minutes. She was also a member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll last season for her success in the classroom.

Hollins is a business major at St. Bonaventure.

How have you adapted to the new changes on campus regarding COVID safety protocols? Have they helped make you feel safer since coming back?
Obviously, it has taken some time to adjust to the new changes, but I am trying to do my part for not only our campus community but for the Olean/Allegheny community as well. The protocols in place, such as wearing a mask, are helping to make me feel safe while on campus.

What did you do over the spring/summer to stay in shape and get ready to get back to practices this fall (and was it difficult to find places to workout/practice because of quarantines)?
With certain facilities being closed for much of quarantine, I had to find new spaces to train and workout. These restrictions definitely forced me to get creative with my workouts, but once restrictions were lifted, I was able to return to training with former teammates and coaches.

What was one good thing that came out of the spring sports shutdown and odd summer for you? Did you develop any new hobbies/interests?
Quarantine allowed me to spend more time with my family. It also allowed me to dedicate more time to learning more about food and finding out what works best for my body. This included experimenting with new recipes, which I enjoy.

What messages/advice have your coaches given you for staying positive during these tough times?
One message that my coaches have been preaching is to stay focused on our main goal as a team. Mainly, this means that we treat every practice as an opportunity to get better and build team chemistry in order to prepare for our season, no matter when it may be. 

Even though there are no competitions this fall, how excited are you to get back to workouts with your team? Do you look at practices and work with your teammates any differently since the COVID shutdown?
Even though we can't play games right now, I am still extremely excited to be able to be out on the field with my team. This is time we can use to adapt to turnover within our team and get back in-sync with each other. The COVID shutdown has made me realize that we can't take anything for granted, whether that be games, practices, or just spending time with my team.

What was the one thing you were most looking forward to about returning to Bonaventure?
Though our season was postponed, I was still excited to get back out on the field with my teammates. I am thankful that we're able to at least practice together and that we still have a chance at a season in the spring.

What is your favorite class at Bonaventure and why (now or previously)?
As of right now, it is too soon to tell which is my favorite class, but I am enjoying all of them.

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