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      Tanya Emerson
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Capistrano Beach, Calif.

High School:
San Clemente

Height:
5-6

Position:
Midfielder

AS A JUNIOR (2009): Played in 16 total matches while drawing 11 starting nods during the 2009 season...Eight of her starts occurred during Southeastern Conference play...Emerson recorded eight total shots, including five on frame...Managed a drive on goal during 82 minutes as a starter in the midfield in UT's 1-0 (2OT) loss to #10 Florida (11/4) at the SEC Tournament...Fired a shot on goal in 74 minutes as a midfield starter at Alabama (10/25)...Started in the midfield at Kentucky (10/4), Vanderbilt (10/2), Arkansas (9/25) and subbed in at LSU (9/27)...Played arguably her best game in 2009 against Western Carolina (9/13), nearing scoring several times are part of a four-shot, two shot-on-goal performance...Returned from illness to start matches at #19 Minnesota (9/4) and subbed versus Wisconsin (9/6)...Missed the contests against Arizona State (8/28) and Pepperdine (8/30) because of illness...Started the opener against ETSU (8/22) in the midfield, helping control the Buc offense as it managed no goals and only five shots in UT's 2-0 victory.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2008): Made 19 starts in 22 matches, seeing time at every field position for the Lady Vols during her sophomore campaign...Finished the season sixth on the squad with four points on a goal and two assists...Spent time at outside back to open the season...Played in 10 conference matches, making seven starts...Came into her own during the SEC Tournament, finishing the weekend with four points on a goal and two assists...Opened scoring against No. 3-seeded Auburn in the first round, notching her first goal of the season...Was at it again in the semifinal against LSU, dishing out the Lady Vols' only assist of the game on Grace Cuenin's opening score...Helped push UT into the championship game with the team's third made penalty kick of the shootout...Capped the weekend by finding Julie Edwards in the box in the 51st minute against Georgia, notching the assist on the game's lone goal...Played all but 10 minutes at forward for the Lady Vols during the tournament...Was presented with All-Tournament Team honors following her performance...Earned her second straight Academic All-SEC selection.

AS A FRESHMAN (2007): Saw time in all 22 matches, making 21 starts during her rookie season...Notched four goals and three assists to finish fourth on the squad in points...Patrolled the midfield for all but 260 minutes of the season...Her first career goal was also Tennessee's first of the season in a 2-1 victory over No. 7 Penn State...Opened scoring after receiving a pass from Mick Imgram...Played well in her homecoming at the USC Tournament, helping UT tie for the title...Earned a spot on the all-tournament team for her efforts...Played in and started every SEC match, helping the Lady Vols finish 8-2-1...Scored her first career game winner and golden goal in the 95th minute at Kentucky on Oct. 12...Found the back of the net again two days later at Vanderbilt in a 3-1 victory...Was recognized for her stellar weekend with the SEC Freshman of the Week Award on Oct. 15...Posted her fourth goal of the year with the first score in a 4-0 win over Mississippi State...Helped Kylee Rossi with the game winner in a 3-0 Senior Day victory over Auburn on Oct. 28...Fed Rossi again in her NCAA Tournament debut, registering the assist on the final goal in a 2-0 victory over Furman in the opening round...Was recognized for her success by the SEC with a spot on the All-Freshman Team...Named to the Soccer Buzz Central Region All-Freshman Team...Also earned a spot on the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Earned four varsity letters in soccer at San Clemente High School...Won three South Coast League titles and the 2003 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division I championship...Earned a spot on the All-CIF Second Team...Was an All-South Coast League and all-county player while at San Clemente...Played with the Slammers FC, who won the 2003 & 2005 USYSA national titles, the 2004 U.S. Club Soccer national title and the Gothia Cup in Sweden (the world's largest and most international football tournament)...Was a Gatorade Will to Win Athlete.

PERSONAL: Majoring in child & family studies...Spends her time off the field shopping, volunteering with kids, at the beach and at church...Traveling and winning nationals with the Slammers are Tanya's biggest thrills to date in soccer...Chose Tennessee over Texas, Arizona State and Florida because of the coaches, community support and academics...Has been most influenced in sports by her dad...Older sister Brittany played the midfield for New Mexico from 2003-04...Has two other siblings, Courtney and Robby...Tanya Jane Emerson was born Sept. 22, 1988, in Newport Beach, Calif....Her parents are Robert and Bonnie Emerson.

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