Aug. 29, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --The first individual workouts of the 2012-13 season for the Tennessee Lady Vol basketball team began Tuesday in Pratt Pavilion under first-year head coach Holly Warlick.
The Lady Vols boast six returnees and welcome five newcomers. Expected to provide leadership for the squad this season are seniors Taber Spani and Kamiko Williams, who both battled injuries last year. Williams missed half of her junior campaign due to an ACL tear last summer, while Spani spent the summer rehabbing a sore knee.
Spani and junior Meighan Simmons are the only returnees with more than 50 career starts. Also coming back this year are sophomores Cierra Burdick, Isabelle Harrison and Ariel Massengale. Simmons (2011) and Massengale (2012) were SEC All-Freshman selections, and Massengale was a Full Court Freshman All-American and member of the SEC All-Freshman Team a year ago.
Joining this year's coaching staff are assistant coaches Kyra Elzy and Jolette Law. Elzy is a former UT player and spent the last four years at the University of Kentucky as an associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. Law comes from the University of Illinois, where she spent five seasons as the head coach. Dean Lockwood returns for his ninth season on the Lady Vol staff.
After 27 seasons as an assistant at Tennessee, when she helped the Lady Vols win eight NCAA Championships and 28 combined SEC regular season and tournament titles, Warlick is now running the program. The former UT All-American was tapped for the top spot after Pat Summitt stepped aside following a brilliant 38-year career. Summitt, who revealed a year ago that she was battling early on-set dementia, Alzheimer's type, remains with the program as head coach emeritus.
Check out the videos below to see what Warlick, Spani and Simmons had to say after the first individual workouts of the offseason.