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On Monday night at ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Conn., the WNBA Draft will get underway, and female players from coast to coast and beyond will be watching to see where their basketball dreams take them next.
Two seniors from Tennessee will be among the interested viewers, hoping to become the 35th and 36th Lady Vols to continue their careers in the WNBA. Seniors Taber Spani (Lee's Summit, Mo.) and Kamiko Williams (Clarksville, Tenn.) are not projected to be taken in the first round, which will be televised on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. Eastern time. The UT players, however, could hear their names called during the second or third rounds, which will be shown on ESPNU from 9-10:30 p.m. ET.
The telecast will also be available online at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app.
Spani, a 6-foot-1 guard/forward, is ranked 35th in CollegeSportsMadness.com's WNBA Draft Rankings and Profiles. Williams, a 5-11 guard, is 37th on the list, which profiles the draft's top 40 prospects. Full Court has Williams going with the 22nd pick to the L.A. Sparks in its two-round mock draft.
Here are some stories about the WNBA Draft, Tennessee's draft candidates and a profile on Taber Spani's grandfather, Frosty Westering, who passed away over the weekend. Westering also had special meaning to UT's softball staff, as Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly coached alongside Westering as his special teams coach for nine seasons, and Weekly's son, Marc, played quarterback for them at Pacific Lutheran University. Westering, Ralph and Marc Weekly and Karen Weekly, Ralph's wife and UT's other co-head softball coach, all are members of the PLU Hall of Fame.
--Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamiko Williams, Taber Spani candidates for WNBA draft
--CollegeSportsMadness.com: WNBA Draft Rankings and Profiles
--WNBA Mock Draft: WNBA Mock Draft Blog
--FullCourt.com: WNBA 2013 draft preview: One, two, three, and then...
--SportsOnEarth.com: Uniquely memorable
Lots of birthdays in the Tennessee Athletics family on March 24. Celebrating are senior softball third baseman Raven Chavanne.
Recent track and field distance runner Ramzee Fondren.
Legendary All-American quarterback Peyton Manning, who now plays for the Denver Broncos.
Incoming freshman football receiver Josh Smith, who will be graduating from CAK.
Below are the walk-up songs for 2013 Tennessee softball team. Click on this link to listen to a Spotify playlist of most of the songs: http://t.co/4ZWv9XoFro
Hannah Akamine - "Hot Stepper" by Ini Kamoze
Melissa Brown - "Supermassive Black Hole" by Muse
Jennifer Burroughs - "I'm Different" by 2 Chainz
Raven Chavanne - "Good Morning" by Chamillionaire
Melissa Davin - "Rock Star" by R. Kelly (ft. Ludacris and Kid Rock)
Kat Dotson - "Mind Your Manners" by Chiddy Bang
Erin Gabriel - Pitching: "Live Like You're Dying" by Kris Allen; Hitting: "Ayy Ladies" by Travis Porter
Lauren Gibson - "I Don't Really Care" by Waka Flocka Flame ft. Trey Songs
Rainey Gaffin - "Pumps And A Bump" by M.C. Hammer
Whitney Hammond - "Simon Says" by Pharoahe Monch
Tory Lewis - "Ball" by T.I. (ft. Lil Wayne)
Lexi Overstreet - "Walk" by Pantera
Anna Renfroe - "Afterlife" by Switchfoot
Ellen Renfroe - "Alive In You" by 7eventh Time Down
Ivy Renfroe - "Ignition" by TobyMac
Madison Shipman - "Wobble" by V.I.C.
Cheyanne Tarango - Hitting: "I Gotta Feeling" by Black Eyed Peas
Haley Tobler - "R.I.P." by Young Jeezy
Hannah Trainer - "Titanium" by David Guetta (ft. Sia)
Former Lady Vol pitcher Monica Abbott has re-signed with the Chicago Bandits for the 2013 season, as announced by Chicago Bandits GM Aaron M. Moore.
Abbott is the reigning Pitcher of the Year and finished with a league-high 14 wins and 190 strikeouts during the regular season. In 2011, her first season with the Bandits, she led the Bandits to its second Cowles Cup Championship.
Abbott was drafted out of Tennessee in 2007 and spent time with the Washington Glory, USSSA Pride and Tennessee Diamonds.
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The No. 4/4 Tennessee softball team is ranked No. 4 in Graham Hays' ESPN Power Rankings. Check it out!
A busy day for birthdays in the Tennessee Athletics family on Feb. 17.
Celebrating are sophomore softball catcher Hannah Akamine
Legendary football player and Football Hall of Fame nominee Stanley Morgan, who played 13 years in the NFL, mostly with the New England Patriots.
Defensive lineman Darrington Sentimore, who played for the Vols last season before declaring early for the NFL Draft this winter.