Kenley Adams keeps winning attitude despite losing senior season

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Mosley alum Kenley Adams savored all four seasons on the UAB beach volleyball team—three full ones, and hardly a fourth at all.

Kenley Adams finishes with 48 wins, five away from breaking Tressa Buckland's program record. (UAB Athletics)

"We went about our day, practiced normally," Adams recalled. "An hour into practice, our coach called us over and said the NCAA just canceled all spring championships. So at that point, I was like, 'okay, my senior season, probably over.'"

Nine games into her 33-game senior year, the Blazers' season was axed. The team needed her winning attitude off the court rather than on it.

"I think for me, it wasn't as big of a deal just because I know I'll get to play again after college athletics, but for some of our freshmen who are new and they were actually in the lineup as freshmen, they were really upset and they had a really hard time with it."

2020 is now memorable for unfortunate reasons.

Adams totaled 48 career wins, just five wins shy of breaking Tressa Buckland's school record, but she considers herself lucky anyway.

"Whenever I talked to my compliance guy, he was like, 'I hate it for you! You were so close to having the most wins!' I'm like, yeah, but I created my own legacy at UAB, so it's not that big of a deal to me."

Volleyball will always be a big deal. Although her time in Birmingham comes to an early end, now training and taking classes at home, her future involves involves more time in the sand...somewhere.

"If I get the fifth year [of eligibility] I would like to use it. I have talked to my coach and she said she thinks I should go into the portal and transfer and go to grad school, so that would be an ideal situation for me because then I could get grad school paid for," the kinesiology major added.

Adams has also considered qualifying for the AVP Pro Tour, although those plans are contingent on the season resuming amid coronavirus concerns.

Wherever she winds up, she'll bring along the same winning attitude.

"Everything happens for a reason. Whether it be that you get to go play again or that you got to meet all these people that you played with. Everything happens for a reason and you have to enjoy everything while it's there because you never know what's going to happen."

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