Beaver Falls, PA- From the time young athletes learn the importance of a score, winning matters. And no athlete in the 121-year history of Geneva College has experienced more winning than Ashley Davis (New Middletown, OH/Springfield Local).
Davis will graduated Saturday May 10, 2014 with a degree in Business, with a concentration in Finance and Sports Management… plus 202 wins in her collegiate career. She has been a significant contributor to those wins - 99 in volleyball and 103 in softball - as she has been named to an All-Presidents′ Athletic Conference team in both.
"It feels bad that my career is over," said Davis. "It didn′t really feel like that many games, I just played one season after another and took them one at a time.
"I never really thought of this when I came to Geneva. I just knew I wanted to play both volleyball and softball and whatever happened, happened."
And, eventually, what happened was a lot of good things. The fewest wins she ever played in during a season was 22 and she was part of two Presidents′ Athletic Conference championships - volleyball in 2011 and softball in 2012.
"I played with a lot of good athletes and had a lot of fun," Davis said. "I have a lot of good memories and most will be from volleyball and softball. My favorite memories will be winning the PAC championships and volleyball stands out because we won it at home and the atmosphere in the gym was amazing."
In volleyball, Davis was named a Division III player of the week this past September 14 and was All-PAC first team this season as she finished her career with 1162 kills. During her time at Geneva, the Golden Tornadoes were 99-37 for a winning percentage of .723.
In softball, Davis was featured as a "Personality of the PAC" in April 2014, earned second team all-PAC at shortstop this season, and was named to the All-Tournament team at the PAC Championships. She finished with a .336 career batting average and her team was 103-68 during her tenure for a winning percentage of .602.
Even now, though, she can′t pick a favorite sport. But she does know there′s a new career on the horizon.
"I don′t have a favorite sport, really," Davis said. "I just know I would be bored if I played only one. I would love to coach someday but, because I want a career in business, I may not be able to coach at the high school level. Maybe I can coach a traveling team in softball or JO in volleyball, something on the weekend, who knows?
"Ideally, I′d like to be able to work in business and still have some connection to sports. I′ll start with the Pittsburgh Fellows Program in the fall and I′m excited about that."
Wherever Davis′ career eventually takes her from here, though, she has made an indelible mark on Geneva. In her eight-season career at Geneva, she has a combined winning percentage of .658 (202-105). Capping that record for Geneva fans was that her milestone 200th win came against archrival Westminster in the final regular season softball game.
"It was my dad that encouraged me to visit Geneva," Davis said. "He had gone there as a freshman and when I visited, I loved the small school, friendly atmosphere. It just felt right."
Four years later, it definitely feels like a winner.
Geneva College invites students to accept the challenge of an academically excellent, Christ-centered education. Offering nearly 40 undergraduate majors, Adult Degree Programs with fully online and campus-based options, and seven graduate degrees, Geneva has programs that place students at the forefront of higher learning. Adhering to the inerrancy of Scripture, a Geneva education is grounded in God′s word as well as in a core curriculum designed to prepare students vocationally to think, write and communicate well in today′s world.