Aug 13, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Kan. --The NSCAA /Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women's National Preseason Ranking was released on Tuesday with Tennessee as the top team receiving votes not in the top 25.
Tennessee received 48 votes, but finished just outside the top 25. UT was also the top vote-getter outside the top 25 in the 2012 NSCAA postseason poll, finishing with 52 votes. Tennessee also finished 2012 with an NCAA RPI of No. 18 and a No. 25 ranking in the final Soccer America poll.
Three of Tennessee's 2013 regular-season opponents are ranked in the preseason poll. UT will play No. 21 UCF on the road on Aug. 30, No. 12 Texas A&M at home on Sept. 20 and No. 9 Florida at home on Oct. 25.
No. 7 Duke is the team's opponent in Friday's preseason exhibition. The teams will square off at 5 p.m. ET in Durham, N.C.
UT is entering its second season under the direction of head coach Brian Pensky. Last year, the team went 14-5-3 and made its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Tennessee finished third in the SEC with a 9-3-1 conference record after league coaches picked the team to place 11th in the 2012 preseason poll. This season, SEC coaches picked UT to tie for third in the conference.
The Orange and White features a roster that is 31-players strong with 16 returning veterans and 15 exciting newcomers. Among the returners are 2013 NSCAA All-American and All-SEC pick Hannah Wilkinson, 2013 assist leader Caroline Brown and the majority of the back line that produced the greatest defensive season in Tennessee soccer history (program-record 0.69 GAA in 2012).