University of Houston-Victoria softball coach Lindsay Ortiz today announced the signing of Kayla Tisdale to a letter of intent to play softball for the Jaguars.


Tisdale, a 2017 graduate of Santa Fe High School, earned first team all-district and all-county honors twice, and was the District 23-5A co-offensive MVP her junior season. Tisdale also helped her team to district titles in 2014 and 2015 while leading the varsity team in average, hits, runs and stolen bases both years.


She has been just as successful in the classroom where she was an honors graduate and an academic all-district recipient.


"During my high school senior year, I suffered a major injury," said Tisdale in signing with UHV. "Having sustained a broken back and a damaged spinal cord, I was left with limited feeling in my legs and feet. I felt that my dream to play softball in college would never happen."


But that has all changed for Tisdale, who looks forward to her second chance.


"After a year of rehabilitation and after being cleared by doctors to play again, I still wasn't sure I could play college softball," Tisdale said. "That's when UHV softball coach Ortiz learned of me and my injury. Coach Ortiz reached out to me and is giving me this amazing opportunity to fulfill my dream of being a collegiate student-athlete."


Tisdale plans to study biology while attending UHV and someday pursue a nursing degree.