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Happy Birthday - April 27

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On April 27 we're wish a happy birthday to softball's Shaliyah Geathers and to women's basketball legend Bridgette Gordon

A sophomore from Chattanooga, Geathers has played in 43 games for the Lady Vols, including 42 starts. She is batting .339 this season with three home runs and 26 RBIs. Geathers began the month of April with a bang, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI at No. 7 Auburn on April 4, just one day after hitting a three-run home run off the scoreboard against the Tigers. Last year as a freshman, Geathers made 24 starts and batted .313 en route to being named a member of the Freshman All-SEC team. Geathers turns 20 years old today.



Gordon made an NCAA-record four consecutive trips to the Final Four during her playing days at the University of Tennessee. She won two national championships (1987 and 1989) while on Rocky Top and completed her career with an overall record of 115-21. A two-time All-American, she was one of just 20 players to be recognized as a Legend of the Final Four in 1996. Gordon led the SEC in scoring during both the 1988 and 1989 seasons and was one of just two collegiate members of the 1988 USA Olympic gold-medal winning women's basketball team.



Happy birthday, Shaliyah and Bridgette!


Happy Birthday - April 25

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On April 25 we're wishing a happy Big Orange birthday to rowing's Victoria Florence as well as softball legend Ellen Renfroe!

A sophomore from Madison, Alabama, Florence is a member of the varsity rowing squad at UT. This season she rowed in the Women's 8+ shell that earned gold in a time of 18 minutes, 4.7 seconds at the Secret City Head Race. Florence is a computer engineering major and turns 20 years old today.

Victoria  Florence

Renfroe was a force to be reckoned with in the circle during her four years as a member of the Tennessee softball team. The Jackson, Tennessee, native was a three-time All-American, a three-time All-SEC performer, and a two-time national player of the year. As a senior in 2014, she logged a 30-win season, going 30-8. She finished out her career with a 102-25 record, 1,005 strikeouts, and a 1.65 ERA while in the circle for Tennessee. She is 23 years old today.



Happy birthday Victoria and Ellen!




Happy Birthday - March 24

It's March 24 and we've got four Big Orange birthdays to celebrate today on Rocky Top. Today we're sending 'happy birthday wishes' to incoming football freshman Darrell Taylor and sophomore wide receiver Josh Smith. We're also celebrating with a couple of Tennessee legends in recently graduated softball standout Raven Chavanne and the iconic Peyton Manning

Taylor, a defensive lineman, committed to Tennessee football last February out of Waverly, Virginia. He was rated a four-star recruit after earning second team all-state honors as a senior defensive end at Hopewell High School in 2014. He recorded 60 tackles, including 19.0 tackles for loss and 11 sacks during his senior campaign, not to mention two blocked field goals, three forced fumbles, and six passes defended. Taylor turns 18 years old today. 



A Knoxville native, Smith played only three games in 2014 before undergoing season-ending ankle surgery. He notched 10 catches for 135 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown reception at No. 4 Oklahoma in mid-September. Born this day in 1994, Smith is 21 years old today.



Chavanne wrapped up a stellar four-year playing career with Tennessee softball in 2013. A four-time All-American, Chavanne racked up 355 hits, 13 home runs, and 107 RBIs over three seasons on Rocky Top. She also notched 143 career stolen bases on 156 attempts. The Thousand Oaks, California, native closed her career as UT's all-time leader in batting average (.442), runs (244), stolen bases (143), and on-base percentage (.508).



Finally, today is the 39th birthday of Tennessee's most iconic figure in the legendary Peyton Manning. He finished his illustrious career in the Orange and White holding 42 NCAA, SEC, and Tennessee records while having won the Maxwell Award, the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and Player of the Year honors after his senior season. Since then, he has become one of the most successful quarterbacks in NFL history and a face of the league.



Happy birthday, Darrell, Josh, Raven, and Peyton!


Inside The T - Thursday's Look Ahead


The Tennessee Lady Volunteers host Alabama on Thursday night at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 p.m. ET. Fans coming to the game are encouraged to check out this special announcement on entering the arena with the icy conditions around the arena: http://www.utsports.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/021815aaa.html

The Lady Vols and Crimson Tide are meeting for the 50th time, with Tennessee holding a 47-2 advantage in the all-time series, including 20-0 in Knoxville. UT has won 40 consecutive games in the series. 

You can watch Live on SportSouth, viewers outside of the coverage area can watch online HERE
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Live stats can be found HERE


Tennessee softball returns to action with a doubleheader against top-25 teams in Palm Springs, California. UT will face #23 Notre Dame at 1 p.m. ET, you can listen live HERE. UT faces #8 Florida State at 3:30 p.m. ET, with live audio HERE


Lady Vol Illustrated will hit the airwaves tonight at 7 p.m., on the Lady Vol Network. Lady Vol fans can tune in once a week for Lady Vols Illustrated, a weekly radio show featuring Lady Vol basketball Head Coach Holly Warlick, one women's basketball student-athlete and one other Lady Vol student-athlete or coach. The show is hosted by Voice of the Lady Vols Mickey Dearstone along with Knoxville News Sentinel sports writer Dan Fleser.

 

Tonight's Lady Vols Illustrated features head coach Holly Warlick, hoops senior Ariel Massengale and softball player Shaliyah Geathers.


Against Kentucky on Sunday afternoon, Massengale became the 41st Lady Vol to join the 1,000 point club. She joins Isabelle Harrison and Bashaara Graves who reached the feat this season.

 

The program begins at 7 p.m. ET and fans can listen on 99.1 FM and 990 AM, as well as online at http://www.sportsradiownml.com/ or HERE on the Lady Vol Network. 

Happy Birthday - Feb. 16

Today we're sending out happy birthday wishes to former softball standout, Ivy Renfroe!

Renfroe was a star in the circle for UT from 2010-13, finishing her career with a record of 97-24. She recorded 737 strikeouts while on Rocky Top, notching 29 career shutouts and five no-hitters along the way. The Jackson, Tennessee, native was a second-team NFCA All-South Region pick in 2010, as well as a member of the SEC All-Freshman team. Upon the conclusion of her career, she ranked second in school history in appearances (176) and wins (97). She was third in career innings pitched (749.2) and strikeouts (737).



Happy birthday, Ivy!


Happy Birthday - Feb. 13

Wishing a happy birthday today to football VFL Charlie Garner III and former Tennessee softball All-American Kristi Durant!

After transferring to Tennessee from Scottsdale Community College, Garner competed on Rocky Top from 1992-93, finishing with 2,089 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns over those two seasons. Garner went on to be drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 1994 NFL draft and went on to play for the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers over his 11-year NFL career.


A two-time Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American, Durant was a member of the Lady Vol softball team from 2003-06. She concluded her career at Tennessee with a .388 batting average, including 315 hits and 203 RBIs. 

Kristi Durant Kristi Durant

Happy birthday, Charlie and Kristi!


Warlick, Carter Live On LV Illustrated


Lady Vol Illustrated returns to the airwaves tonight at 7 p.m., on the Lady Vol Network. Lady Vol fans can tune in once a week for Lady Vols Illustrated, a weekly radio show featuring Lady Vol basketball Head Coach Holly Warlick, one women's basketball student-athlete and one other Lady Vol student-athlete or coach. The show is hosted by Voice of the Lady Vols Mickey Dearstone along with Knoxville News Sentinel sports writer Dan Fleser.

 

Tonight's Lady Vols Illustrated features head coach Holly Warlick, redshirt-sophomore Andraya Carter and softball co-head coach Karen Weekly.


Against Florida on Sunday, Carter racked up five steals to tie her personal SEC-high. She produced sevenpoints and four rebounds and dished out an additional four assists.

 

The program begins at 7 p.m. ET and fans can listen on 99.1 FM and 990 AM, as well as online at http://www.sportsradiownml.com/ or HERE on the Lady Vol Network. 

Happy Birthday - Jan. 17

Today, we come together to wish head football coach Butch Jones the happiest of Birthdays!

Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones

Also, join us in wishing former Vols Garrick Porteous (M Golf) and Evelyn Radford (rowing) Happy Birthday!

Garrick PorteousEvelyn Radford

Two prestigious football VFLs are also celebrating their birthdays today, Jimmy Colquitt, STL Rams starting Center Scott Wells and Dontavis Sapp!

Scott WellsDontavis Sapp

Happy Birthday - Jan. 5

Today, we wish Erin Gabriel of softball a very Happy Birthday! Gabriel, a junior pitcher, has started in 21 of her 33 games played. 

Erin Gabriel


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