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Tennessee women's basketball signee Mercedes Russell of Springfield, Ore., has been named the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

The 6-foot-6 Russell received the award during a surprise ceremony at her school Wednesday morning. To read more about Russell and her award, please go to the link below.

Oregon Live:
Mercedes Russell Named Gatorade National Player of the Year


Happy Birthday - March 17: Graves, Patterson, Suffridge

On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, we wish Happy Birthday to women's basketball SEC Freshman of the Year Bashaara Graves.

Also celebrating All-SEC football player and probable NFL First-Round Draft Pick Cordarrelle Patterson.

From the archives, the Vols only three-time football All-American Bob Suffridge was born 97 years ago on March 17, 1916.

Warlick Adapting Well To Role As "The Boss"


Basketball writer Mechelle Voepel of espnW assesses the job first-year Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick has done this season of leading the Lady Volunteers. After losing all five starters from 2011-12 and missing three starters this year for a combined 50+ games, Warlick still guided the Big Orange to an SEC regular-season championship at 14-2, a 24-7 overall record and a ranking in the nation's top 10 entering the upcoming NCAA tournament.

Voepel used the following pull-out quote from long-time Georgia head coach Andy Landers:

What Holly [Warlick] did was incorporate some freshmen and some players who'd played totally different roles a year ago and made them a very, very good basketball team. ... Holly took what she had and basically rebuilt Tennessee this year into a Southeastern Conference champion."

To find out the answers to Voepel's questions of "How has Holly Warlick's first season gone as head coach of the Lady Vols?" and "Who's the boss?" please click on the link below.

-- espnW: Adjusting to life as a head coach

Vol Calls, Lady Vol Illustrated - Monday Night

Vol Calls and Lady Vol Illustrated return to the airwaves tonight. Vol Calls starts at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on the Vol Network. Basketball sophomore Josh Richardson will be a guest on site at 8:10 p.m. Also, Men's head coach Cuonzo Martin, women's assistant coach Kyra Elzy and football associate head coach Steve Stripling will guests on Vol Calls. 

On Lady Vol Illustrated, Elzy will be the guest as well at 7:30 p.m. 

SEC Tournament Bound

With their 17th SEC regular season title, the Lady Vols head to Duluth, Ga., as the No. 1 seed in the 2013 SEC Tournament. En route to the Peach State, the Lady Vols swept the league yearly honors as head coach Holly Warlick was recognized as SEC Coach of the Year, junior Meighan Simmons earned SEC Co-Player of the Year, and rookie Bashaara Graves picked up SEC Freshman of the Year accolades. Both Simmons and Graves were named the All-SEC First Team, while Graves also headlined the SEC All-Freshman Team.

Tennessee has won the last three tournament titles and carries a nine-game league tournament win-streak heading into this year's event. Through the years, UT has amassed a 69-17 record in postseason league play while claiming 16 conference tournament crowns.

See what media had to say about the Lady Vols' yearly honors and this weekend's conference tournament.

SEC Tournament Previews
UTSports.com: Lady Vol Hoops Central
Knox News Sentinel: Holly Warlick says Isabelle Harrison 'doubtful' for SEC tournament
Inside Tennessee (subscription): Dean Lockwood: 'Humble and hungry'
espnW: Tennessee is No. 1 seed in SEC tourney
Clarksville Online: Clarksville's Bashaara Graves and Kamiko Williams prepare to lead UT Lady Vols in SEC Tournament Friday
Daily Beacon: Lady Vols chase conference tournament title

SEC Yearly Honors
Knox News Sentinel: SEC sweep for Lady Vols: Warlick (coach), Simmons (co-player), Graves (freshman)
Daily Beacon: Lady Vols honored, focused on SEC Tournament
Rocky Top Talk: Titles and Trophies: Tennessee Lady Vols Sweep POY, Coach of the Year
Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tradition transition: Tennessee Lady Vols' top spot earns Holly Warlick honor

Vol Calls - Monday Night at 8 p.m.

Vol Calls returns to the airwaves on Monday night. Join us at Calhoun's on the River as assistant women's basketball coach Dean Lockwood will be an in-person guest. Also joining the show will be softball co-head coach Ralph Weekly. 

Listen in at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on UTSports.com/AllAccess.

Lady Vols Claim 17th SEC Regular Season Title


The Lady Vol basketball team claimed its 17th SEC regular season title Thursday night at Thompson-Boling Arena with an 82-72 victory over Texas A&M. It is the first SEC regular season crown under head coach Holly Warlick. Senior Kamiko Williams led the squad with a career-high 18 points, while her fellow senior Taber Spani added eight as the duo won their third SEC regular season championship. The Lady Vols were picked to finish fourth by the media in the SEC preseason poll, and were tabbed to place fifth in the SEC coaches preseason poll.

Warlick has been a part of 16 of Tennessee's 17 regular season league championships. As a senior, she led UT to its first regular season title in school history in 1980. She has been involved with every championship since with the exception of 1985.

Check out highlights and the senior tribute from last night's game:

Also see what the media had to say about the Lady Vols' victory:
ESPN.com: No. 8 Tennessee 82, No. 13 Texas A&M 72
Associated Press: Lady Vols seal outright title
Knox News Sentinel: Lady Vols win SEC, but Ariel Massengale, Isabelle Harrison injured
Inside Tennessee (subscription): Lady Vols claim Warlick's first SEC title
UT Daily Beacon: Lady Vols clinch SEC title on Senior Night

Catchings to Hold Clinic, Speak at FCA Banquet

Former Lady Vol and three-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings will speak to the FCA's Road to Victory banquet on March 5 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Catchings will conduct a basketball clinic earlier that day at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The clinic is open to girls from any area middle school, high school, recreational league, Upward or AAU team. The first 300 registering receive FCA bags. Anyone interested in attending the free clinic must register by Friday, March 1, by calling 423-877-3561.

Catchings led the Indiana Fever to its first WNBA title last fall and was named the WNBA Finals MVP.

Times Free Press: Wiedmer: Catchings great catch for FCA

Vol Calls - Monday Night at 8 p.m.

Vol Calls returns to the airwaves tonight at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT live from Calhoun's on the River. Calling in to join in the action will be men's basketball Cuonzo Martin, women's basketball coach Holly Warlick and baseball coach Dave Serrano. 

Listen Live starting at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on the Vol Network or via UTSports.com/AllAccess

Summitt to be Featured in "Nine for IX" Series

Lady Vol Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt will be featured in ESPN Films and espnW's "Nine for IX" series, which will air on this summer.

The documentary series focuses on women who have made an impact on the sports world and paved the way for females in athletics. The entire series was shot and put together by female filmmakers.

Summitt's feature titled "Pat XO" is produced by Robin Roberts, and her son, Tyler, acts as the lead storyteller. It also shares recollections from Chamique Holdsclaw, Tamika Catchings, Michelle Marciniak and Peyton Manning, to name a few.

Summitt is the winningest coach in the history of NCAA basketball, with a 1,098-208 record (.840). She spent 38 years at the helm of the Lady Vol basketball program, coaching eight NCAA Championships and 32 combined Southeastern Conference titles.

The series premieres on July 2 on ESPN and the films will air over consecutive Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. ET. You can check out an intro into the series from Robin Roberts and Pat Summitt here.

espnW: ESPN Films and espnW Announce Nine for IX

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