The following is the ninth installment of “Roos Introducing Roos,” a multi-part series introducing the UMKC softball newcomers as told by a returning member of the squad. Noteworthy facts about head coach Meredith Smith Neal's latest additions will be unveiled on a weekly basis as the team approaches the 2018 season.
Sophomore Andra O’Brien is the next returner to introduce a newcomer, and today she introduces Gabbi Morris.
I am proud to present to the University of Missouri - Kansas City, freshman Gabbi Morris from Norman, Oklahoma. Gabbi is the daughter of Lynn and Karen Morris. She has three siblings, Patrick, Ansley and Marley. Her hobbies are watching Netflix, napping and hanging out with friends. Other things Gabbi enjoys are swimming and traveling. Morris never takes off her Livestrong bracelet which she wears in memory of her grandfather who passed 5 years ago. Her grandfather was and still is her biggest role model, “He always worked hard for the family. He was the kind of guy that would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.”
Gabbi attended Norman North High School where she competed on their varsity softball team. In her four years, Morris earned offensive MVP her sophomore year and was awarded 1st Team All-District, All-Region, and All-Conference in her senior year. Her favorite softball memory was signing her National Letter of Intent to come play for the University of Missouri Kansas City. During the summer, Gabbi played for the Oklahoma Twisters under head coach Chris King.
Morris chose UMKC because of the great Health Science program and she loved the city and the great opportunities provided to her in Kansas City. On the field, Gabbi brings her hot bat to the UMKC Softball program and will be an important component in her years in Kansas City.