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Raven Chavanne Infield Single vs. Mexico (7/7/14)

Tennessee softball legends Raven Chavanne and Lauren Gibson helped Team USA defeat Mexico, 7-0, in five frames on Monday in a exhibition game before the start of the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX in Irvine, Calif.

Check out the above clip of Chavanne's infield single in the third inning. Raven's still got the wheels!

Stewart Starts, Draw Walk In 7-5 USA Loss

Tennessee's Christin Stewart started in left field and went 0-for-3 with a walk as Team USA's Collegiate National Team dropped a 7-5 decision to Japan on Monday night in Wilson, N.C. 


The Collegiate National Team will close out its stay in the States on Tuesday when it concludes out its series against Japan with a 6 p.m. showdown at Buck Hardee Field in Wilmington, N.C.

Vols, Butch Jones Featured On SI.com



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The Vols and head coach Butch Jones are featured on the front page of SI.com: Rising Tennessee ready to thrive?

Check out this story from Zac Ellis. 

Among the key quotes from Coach Jones: 

"There has been a complete shift culturally," Jones said. "It's not where we need to be yet, but every day you see progress. ... I think we're going through the realities of building a college football program at an elite level. But I think we've made tremendous strides. I think we're right there in terms of mentality, the standard, the expectations."

"There isn't any bigger stage in the country than Tennessee football," Jones said. "... Fans can see the progress we're making. Yes, we expect to win -- 5-7 is not up to our standards. But they see the improvements in the style of play. They can feel the energy. It's contagious."


Shipman Shines On Fourth Of July Weekend

Tennessee softball alum Madison Shipman was on fire this past weekend, helping the USSSA Pride to a pair of wins over the Pennsylvania Rebellion. On July 5, Shipman went 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored as the Pride crushed the Rebellion, 7-0. On July 6, she had a single and an RBI as the Pride took a 11-1 win.

On the season, Shipman is hitting .361 (22-for-61) with two homers, four doubles, 10 RBIs, 10 runs and 12 walks. She also has an impressive .990 OPS (.466 on-base percentage and a .525 slugging percentage).

Her .361 batting average ranks sixth in the NPF, her 22 hits are tied for eighth and her 10 RBIs rank 10th. Shipman's .466 on-base percentage ranks fifth in the league and her .525 on-base percentage ranks eighth.

The Pride square off against the Rebellion twice more on July 7 and July 8 (both games on CBS Sports Network) at CONSOL Energy park in Washington, Pa., before heading to Ohio for a four-game series against the Akron Racers from July 11-15.

Stewart Drives In Run In USA Win


Christin Stewart had a run-scoring double as the US Collegiate National Team posted a 10-0 win over Japan on Sunday night in Thomasville, N.C. Stewart went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run in the win. He is hitting .386 with 17 hits, two homers and a team-best 12 RBIs. 


The Collegiate National Team and Japan will return to the diamond on Monday when they travel to Wilson, N.C., for a 7 p.m. showdown at Fleming Stadium, home of the CPL's Wilson Tobs.

#VolsOnTour - ATP Rankings (7/7/14)

Here are the new ATP rankings as of July 7, 2014:

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 177 (+8)
Doubles: 83 (-2)
Note: New career high in singles of 177 after reaching the semifinals of the $50K Winnetka Challenger, an event he won in 2012 ... Playing this week at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, R.I.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 198 (-5)
Doubles: 244 (+2)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 221 (-3)
Doubles: 199 (-19)
Note: Currently out of action rehabbing from hip surgery.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 939 (-23)
Doubles: 434 (-10)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

Happy Birthday - July 7: Cobb, Boles, Kerbyson, Henderson

Happy birthday to VFL Reggie Cobb, women's tennis rising sophomore Ashlee Boles, RS junior OL Kyler Kerbyson and freshman DL Joe Henderson!


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Check out this vintage Reggie Cobb footage - a 79-yard TD run vs. Auburn!

Happy Birthday - July 6: Harper, Palardy, Johnson, Serrano

Happy Birthday to football VFLs Alvin Harper and Michael Palardy, rowing VFL Erika Johnson and Tennessee baseball rising sophomore Kyle Serrano!

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Stewart & Team USA Win and Tie In DH


The US Collegiate National Team featuring Tennessee's Christin Stewart continues to play well in international play. On Saturday, the team won 5-2 and tied 0-0 to wrap up a five-game series with Chinese Taipei. Team USA is now 9-1-2 overall including a 3-0-2 mark vs. Chinese Taipei. 


Stewart went 0-for-3 in the scoreless tie, starting in leftfield and batting second. Stewart is still among the team leaders in average with a .390 mark. He is also tied for the team lead in RBI with 11 and is second in hits with 16. He leads the team with a .707 slugging percentage. 

The Collegiate National Team will be back in action on Sunday when it opens a three-game set against Japan at 5 p.m. in Thomasville, N.C., at Finch Field. 

Happy Birthday - July 5: Allen, Bates

Happy birthday to VFL Jason Allen and freshman LB Dillon Bates!

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