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UT Softball In The News (6/19)

The 2013 season may be over, but Tennessee softball players are still in the news! Lauren Gibson, who made the 2013 U.S. National Team with Raven Chavanne, shared some of her summer plans with The Washington Post. In a recent article in the Boulder Daily Camera, Ralph Weekly discussed the possibility of Rainey Gaffin seeing some time in the circle next year.

Washington Post - Gabe Hiatt: Chesapeake's Lauren Gibson returns to USA Softball team
Boulder Daily Camera - Elwood K. Shelton:
Gaffin might be moving back in pitching ring with Tennessee softball

Ivy Renfroe Signs With Akron Racers

Just a few days after returning from Tennessee's Women's College World Series run, senior pitcher Ivy Renfroe has signed with the Akron Racers of National Pro Fastpitch. Ivy was selected with the eighth overall pick by Akron in the NPF Draft on April 1.

Ivy completed her UT career second in Lady Vols history in appearances (176) and second in wins (97). She also ranks third in career strikeouts (.737) and seventh in career ERA (2.04).

Lady Vols Return Home To UT Faithful

The Lady Vols returned to Knoxville on Wednesday, just one day after finishing as the national runner-up in the 2013 Women's College World Series Championship Series. The players and coaches were greeted with abundant support and media coverage. Here are some of the stories from Wednesday's return to the Volunteer State.

News Sentinel: Lady Vols lose key pieces, but return talent for another run next season
AP: Lady Vols confident they'll win title eventually
WBIR: Big Orange Nation welcomes home Lady Vols with impromptu celebration
WVLT: Knoxville loves Lady Vols softball: Sets ratings high for World Series
UTSports.com: #Storify: Welcome Home Lady Vols!
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Happy Birthday - June 3: Melissa Davin, Ja'Wuan James

On June 3, we wish Happy Birthday and good luck to Tennessee softball junior Melissa Davin as the Lady Vols take on Oklahoma tonight in game one of the Women's College World Series championship at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. We also send Happy Birthday wishes to rising senior offensive lineman Ja'Wuan James.


Softball Update (5/24)

The Knoxville Super Regional start today! Check out all of the latest stories on the Lady Vols! The News Sentinel's John Adams and Mike Strange discuss how simiar UT and Alabama are, the strength of the Lady Vols' pitching and Tennessee's senior leadership. Steve Megargee of the Associated Press talks about UT's 1-2 punch in the circle with Ivy Renfroe and Ellen Renfroe. And also read Raven Chavanne's latest ESPNW blog update!

AP/The Tennessean: UT pitching sisters keep rivalry off the mound
Knoxville News Sentinel: Lady Vols face their 'mirror image' in Super Regional
Knoxville News Sentinel: Strong pitching the fast track to Women's College World Series
Knoxville News Sentinel: Lady Vols seniors were tournament tough as freshmen
ESPNW: We're working toward the ultimate goal

Softball Super Regional Times & TV Set

***UPDATE 9:52 a.m.***

Tennessee's No. 7-seeded softball team will host No. 10 Alabama in the Super Regionals this weekend. The first game will take place on Friday night at 7 p.m., and televised on ESPN2. Saturday's action will start at 5 p.m., and air on ESPN. Should a third and decisive game be needed, it will take place at approximately 8 p.m., on Saturday and also air on ESPN. All games will also be broadcast on the Sports Animal 990 AM. 

***Tickets for the 2013 Knoxville Super Regional are currently sold out. Should any tickets be released, those seats will be available all-session packages on sale to the public at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday via UTTix.com, at the Tennessee Athletics Ticket Office at street level of Thompson-Boling Arena or by phone at 865-656-1200.

Happy Birthday - April 25: Paul Harris, Ellen Renfroe

On April 25, we send Happy Birthday wishes to junior softball pitcher Ellen Renfroe and incoming freshman wide receiver Paul Harris


Happy Birthday - April 24: Dotson, Gordon, Grunfeld

On April 24, we say Happy Birthday to Vols' basketball legend Ernie Grunfeld, the current general manager of the Washington Wizards.


Softball's Kat Dotson and football's Eric Gordon also celebrate their birthdays on April 24. 


Happy Birthday - April 17: Baker, Bradshaw, Harrison, Reveiz

A bunch of birthdays on April 17 of recent Tennessee student-athletes. 

Celebrating on April 17 are softball outfielder Holly Baker, basketball's Dane Bradshaw, track & field thrower Jessie Harrison and former football linebacker  Shane Reveiz.


Spani, Williams Await WNBA Draft

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...

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