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Softball Update (2/5/13)

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ESPN.com's Graham Hays broke down the 2013 Tennessee Softball team as part of his preseason analysis of the top teams in the nation.

The News Sentinel's Riley Blevins did a great piece in today's paper on how the Tennessee's preseason training, especially with The Program, has prepared the team for the start of the 2013 season.

ESPN.com: Tennessee sister act gets top billing

GoVolsXtra.com: Lady Vols softball gets with 'The Program' to prepare for season (2/5)

UT Softball Alum Shannon Doepking Retires From NPF (2/4/12)

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Tennessee alum Shannon Doepking announced her retirement from National Pro Fastpitch after five seasons on Monday.

"I never thought I would have the opportunity to play after college and I'm so thankful for those five years," Doepking said. "I've met new people, made amazing friends, won a championship and found a new home in Rosemont."

Doepking was drafted by the Akron Racers in 2008 as the 15th overall selection. After her rookier season with Arkon, she was traded to the USSSA Pride for one year before being traded to the Tennessee Diamonds om 2010. Doepking signed with the Chicago Bandits prior to the 2011 season and enjoyed her best professional season, batting .263 with a .377 on-base mark and six RBIs. She caught former UT teammate Monica Abbot's perfect game on Aug. 4, 2011. She also helped lead the Bandits to their second NPF Championship in 2011. In 2012, her final season, Doepking posted a .229 batting average with 13 RBIs and three home runs.

Doepking starred at Tennessee from 2005-08, playing in 266 games with 256 starts. In her four-year Lady Vol career, she hit .277 (186-for-672) with 18 home runs, three triples, 36 doubles, 141 RBIs and 71 runs.

For more on Shannon Doepking's retirement from the NPF, click here.

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Softball Takes Part In Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade (1/21)

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee softball team took part in Knoxville's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Monday morning.

The Lady Vols gathered at St. John's Lutheran Church early Monday morning before heading down to the parade route. The team handed out candy to local children in the parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy as one of the most influential civil rights activists in American history.

"This is an event our team looks forward to every year," Tennessee co-head coach Karen Weekly said. "Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of great courage and conviction who stood against tremendous opposition to fight for equality. We were proud to join in the march on this day of celebration. It was especially neat to march with the members of St. John's Lutheran Church, the faith community of which Ralph and I are members and who are so supportive of our Lady Vol softball players."

Softball Nets 5 College Sports Madness Preseason All-Americans

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Five Tennessee softball players earned 2013 College Sports Madness Preseason All-America honors. Senior Raven Chavanne was named to the First Team while seniors Lauren Gibson and Kat Dotson and juniors Ellen Renfroe and Madison Shipman garnered Second Team accolades.

UT had the most CSM Preseason All-Americans with only two other teams with three (Oklahoma, Alabama).

College Sports Madness: 2013 Preseason All-Americans

Happy Birthday - Dec. 28: Bridges, Trainer

On Dec. 28, we send Happy Birthday wishes to softball infielder Hannah Trainer.
Hannah Trainer

From the archives, former Vols baseball star and longtime major leaguer Tommy Bridges was born on Dec. 28, 1906. Bridges spent 16 years with the Detroit Tigers from 1930-46. He appeared in six All-Star Games.
Photo of Tommy Bridges


Happy Birthday: 12/12/12 - Leslie Cikra & Cat Hosfield

On Dec. 12 (12/12/12), we wish Happy Birthday to senior volleyball hitter Leslie Cikra and former Lady Vols softball player Cat Hosfield.

Leslie Cikra  Cat Hosfield


Happy Birthday: Nov. 15 - Melissa Brown, Nick Williams

We send Happy Birthday wishes to junior softball infielder Melissa Davin and junior baseball pitcher Nick Williams on Nov. 15. 

Melissa Brown  Nick Williams

Monica Abbott Powers Toyota To 3rd JPL Title

On Monday, Tennessee softball legend Monica Abbott (2004-07) carried her team to its third consecutive championship on Monday in the Japanese Pro League title game.

Abbott tossed 10 shutout innings of one-hit ball to lead Toyota to a 1-0 victory over Renesas Takasaki. UT's four-time All-American, 2007 National Player of the year and Honda Award winner was named the MVP of the playoffs.

For more details on Abbott's heroics, check out:

ChicagoBandits.com: Abbott, Team Toyota win 3rd Consecutive Japanese Pro League Title
MonicaAbbott.net: Japan Championship 2012

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Tennessee Update: Softball Blog (11/9)

Senior Whitney Hammond and the Tennessee Student-Athlete Advisory Council hosted a Big Brothers Big Sisters Movie Night at Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday night. Check it out!

Also, the Tennessee softball team will be working with Angels of Hope on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the UT Medical Center from 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Lady Vols will help prepare stations and pack holiday food baskets for cancer patients. The event starts at 3 p.m.

Happy Birthday: Oct. 31- Softball's Haley Fagan

On Halloween, Oct. 31, we wish Happy Birthday to sophomore softball player Haley Fagan.

Haley Fagan

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