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The 2013 SEC Basketball Media Days were held Oct. 16-17 at the Westin Hotel in downtown Birmingham, Ala. The Lady Vols took their turn on Thursday, with head coach Holly Warlick and senior guard Meighan Simmons making the rounds and participating in interview sessions with various print, TV, radio and internet reporters and producers.  Below is some of the coverage of the event as it pertains to Tennessee women's basketball.

The Lady Vols have been picked by the media to repeat as SEC championships in 2014, and Simmons and sophomore forward Bashaara Graves have been voted to the five-player preseason All-SEC First Team. Simmons also has been predicted to repeat as SEC Player of the Year.

-- UTSPORTS.COM:
Tennessee at SEC Media Days
-- ASSOCIATED PRESS: Warlick, Lady Vols find comfort zone in Year 2
-- MOUNTAIN PRESS:
Holly Warlick making strides as Lady Vols head coach
-- CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS: Lady Vols believe they can win it all
-- KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL:
Holly Warlick not planning new approach for Lady Vols
-- WVLT-TV: Post game will be strong for Lady Vols, Vols






Lady Vol Hoops Update

 

Former Lady Vol and current record-holder for most three-pointers in a season, Angie Bjorklund was hired as Director of Operations by head coach Jennifer Mountain at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. Bjorklund played for Tennessee from 2007-2011, accumulating one national championship, three regular season SEC titles and three SEC Tournament Championships. During her time as a Lady Vol, Bjorklund was named 2010 and 2011 All-SEC First Team, 2010 and 2011 Associated Press All-American Honorable mention, 2009 All-SEC Second-Team and 2008 SEC Rookie of the Year.

Among other stories, Knoxville was selected to host the early rounds of the 2014 NCAA women's basketball tournament and the media's coverage of Tuesday's practice highlighted the beginning of the Lady Vols' 2013-14 season.

-- SANTA CLARA UNIV. - Angie Bjorklund hired as Dir. of Ops for Women's basketball

-- KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL - Tennessee to host early rounds of NCAA Tournament

-- KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL - Lady Vols' coaches taking the 'direct' route with point guards

-- KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL - 'Grind for 9' slogan gives Lady Vols something to think about

-- UT DAILY BEACON - Defense will be key for Lady Vols

Lady Vol Hoops Update



With the official start of Lady Vol basketball practice this week and the season just around the corner, there were several hoops-related stories appearing this week. Among the topics, recaps from Tuesday's open practice, a story about Holly Warlick's sister, news about an honor for former Lady Vol Bridgette Gordon and information concerning the airing of Pat Summitt Foundation public service announcements on Xfinity by Comcast during October. The spots feature Summitt, former Lady Vol Kara Lawson and former Vol and NFL football great Peyton Manning.

-- ASSOCIATED PRESS: Lady Vols ready to compete for championships again
-- KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL: Lady Vols begin practice with championship in mind
-- KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL: Sister's bout with breast cancer brought new emotion to Holly Warlick

Happy Birthday - Sept. 30: C. Burdick, T. Callahan, A. Carson, F. Weary

On Sept. 30, we celebrate the birthdays of Lady Vol hoops forward Cierra Burdick and Vols' defensive lineman Allan Carson.

Cierra Burdick Allan Carson

We would also like to wish Happy Birthday to former Tennessee softball standout Tonya Callahan and former Vols football star offensive lineman Fred Weary.

 Tonya Callahan 

Happy Birthday - Sept. 29: Jasmine Jones, Rawane "Pops" Ndiaye

On Sept. 29, we wish Happy Birthday to two Tennessee basketball players - Lady Vol sophomore forward Jasmine Jones and Vol hoops center Rawane "Pops" Ndiaye.

Jasmine Jones Rawane Ndiaye

Lady Vol Hoops Update


Photo by Robin Layton

There's been plenty of off-campus activity involving former Lady Vols this week. Candace Parker and Tamika Catchings were named All-WNBA, while Parker, Catchings and Glory Johnson were invited to attend the 2013 USA Women's National Team mini-camp Oct. 4-6 in Las Vegas.

 

Catchings also is featured in "Hoop the American Dream," a book of photographs by Robin Layton that features photographs of basketball goals all around the country and stories told by the users of those hoops. In addition to Catchings, Layton's book also features UT Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt and former Lady Vols Chamique Holdsclaw and Michelle Marciniak.

 

Coach Summitt also was in the news for attending a fundraiser in Clarksville for the Pat Summitt Foundation. Summitt was born in nearby Cheatham County in the town of Henrietta.

 

To read more about these stories, please click on the links below.

 

--WNBA.com: Parker, Catchings Headline 2013 All-WNBA Team

-- USAB.com: Olympic, World Championship Gold Medalists Headline USA Mini-Camp

--NewsChannel5.com: Pat Summitt Attends Fundraiser For Her Foundation

--HoopTheAmericanDream: Lady Vols Featured In "Hoop the American dream"

 

Sept. 27 is a busy day for birthdays on Rocky Top as we celebrate five with Tennessee ties. We wish a happy birthday to senior rower Katherine Changes, sophomore swimmer Adam Cornett and junior Lady Vol hoops star Isabelle Harrison.

Katherine Changes Adam Cornett Isabelle Harrison

Also celebrating a birthday today is former Tennessee men's basketball player Ed Gray and former Vol quarterback and current New York Jets' signal caller Matt Simms.

Ed Gray 

Lady Vol Hoops Update



As the 2013-14 approaches, check out some recent features on the Lady Vol basketball program and see what some former Lady Vols have been up to in the WNBA and the coaching profession. Pictured is new Northwood University (Fla.) head coach Courtney McDaniel.

FORMER LADY VOLS IN THE NEWS...
seahawks.gonorthwood.com:
Courtney McDaniel Hired as Head Women's Basketball Coach
ESPN.com: Catchings, Fever overwhelm Sky
ESPN.com: Candace Parker wins WNBA MVP

2013-14 TENNESSEE BASKETBALL IN THE NEWS...
Knoxville News Sentinel:
Strength and conditioning coach Lee Taylor puts Lady Vols in the zone
Knoxville News Sentinel: Lady Vols' Carter finally feeling healthy again
Knoxville News Sentinel:
Meighan Simmons remodels game to better handle pressure





Happy Birthday - Sept. 11: Katie King, Nia Moore, John Propst

Celebrating birthdays on Sept. 11 are Lady Vol rower Katie King, Lady Vol hoops' center Nia Moore and Vol linebacker John Propst.

Katie King Nia Moore John Propst

Lady Vol Hoops Update



Today's Lady Vol Hoops update brings you a variety of news from the past couple of weeks. Clips include topics involving current players Bashaara Graves, Ariel Massengale and Meighan Simmons; head coach Holly Warlick; head coach emeritus Pat Summitt; former players Candace Parker, Tamika Catchings and Kara Lawson; and even former Vol football player Peyton Manning.


-- Knoxville News Sentinel: Bashaara Graves, Ariel Massengale have golden moments for U.S. hoops
-- The Oklahoman: Competitive family, including sister Meighan, spurs Ryan Simmons to success at OSU

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