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      Grace Cuenin
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Midlothian, Va.

High School:
Clover Hill

Height:
5-6

Position:
Midfielder/Defender

AS A JUNIOR (2009): Made nine starts in 16 total matches played during the 2009 campaign and started nine of UT's 11 conference contests...Was part of a defensive backline that helped Tennessee post a 1.14 goals-against-average with seven blankings...Was one of five Lady Vols to play all 200 possible minutes against #11 Florida (10/16) and #5 South Carolina (10/18)...Quickly became a starter in the middle of UT's backline, playing all 200 minutes against Mississippi State (10/9) and Ole Miss (10/11)...Started in the middle on defense for the Big Orange at Arkansas (9/25) during UT's 1-0 win and at both Vanderbilt (10/2) and Kentucky (10/4)...Subbed into the contests against #19 Minnesota (9/4) and Wisconsin (9/6)...Saw action in both matches against Arizona State (8/28) and Pepperdine (8/30)...Entered as a substitute during the 2-0 win over ETSU (8/22), helping UT keep the Bucs off the board while permitting just five shots...Reaped her third Academic All-Southeastern Conference nod.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2008): Earned a starting spot on the backline for Tennessee...Became a staple in the defense that posted a 1.23 goals against average and six shutouts on the year...Dished out her first career assist on Julie Edwards' game winner over Illinois on the final day of the First Tennessee Classic on Sept. 7...Started and played nearly every minute during the conference season...Helped the defense post two shutouts during SEC play...Came up big during the SEC Tournament, playing every minute and scoring her first career goal in the semifinal against LSU...Found the back of the net after a Lady Vol corner in the 20th minute, giving Tennessee the 1-0 advantage in a game that would see UT advance in a penalty kick shootout...Earned her second Academic All-SEC selection.

AS A FRESHMAN (2007): Saw time in seven matches, earning one start as a rookie...Made her collegiate debut in Tennessee's 1-0 overtime win against No. 24 Wake Forest in her home state of Virginia...Made her first start on Sept. 21 at UNC Greensboro...Registered her first two career shots, including one on frame, against the Spartans...Saw her first SEC action on Sept. 27 against No. 12 South Carolina...Got her first NCAA Tournament experience in the first round against Furman, recording a shot after coming off the bench...Found success in the classroom, earning a spot on the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Won four varsity letters in both soccer and basketball at Clover Hill High School...Was a two-time captain of the soccer team...Helped lead the Cavaliers to four straight district titles and the 2006 regional championship...Earned numerous awards, including 2006 first-team all-district and second-team all-region...Was a 2007 first team all-district, first-team all-region and second-team all-state selection...Nominated for the 2007 Wendy's High School Heisman award...Chosen as the 2007 district player of the year...Named Clover Hill's Most Outstanding Female Athlete in 2007...Played club soccer with the Richmond Strikers...Also participated in volleyball at Clover Hill.

PERSONAL: A special education major...Active in FCAIA and the Orange Nation at UT...Part of the Tennessee Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)...Member of the National Honor Society and honor roll at Clover Hill...Participated in several extracurricular activities, including Team Builders, Ethics for Life, Students Against Drunk Driving and Fellowship of Christian Athletes...Was her junior and senior class secretary...Can be found cooking or fishing when not on the pitch...Hopes to make an impact on the world and help others enjoy life following her playing career...Chose UT over Virginia Tech, Longwood and James Madison...Has two older siblings: Ben, 25, and Emily, 27...Grace Catherine Cuenin was born Sept. 17, 1988, in Midlothian, Va....Daughter of Greg and Trish Cuenin.

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