Jan. 17, 2014
SAN DIEGO -- Tennessee softball alum Raven Chavanne was one of 10 extraordinary student-athletes honored on Friday with the NCAA Today's Top 10 Award for the 2012-13 academic year.
Chavanne and nine other standout student-athletes received the award at Friday's Honors Celebration of the NCAA Convention in San Diego, Calif. The award recipients were notified that they had been chosen in November. Tennessee co-head coaches Ralph Weekly and Karen Weekly as well as Tennessee Senior Associate Athletics Director Mike Ward and Chavanne's family and friends were on hand at the ceremony as Chavanne was recognized for her excellence over four years UT.
The NCAA Today's Top 10 Award recognizes student-athletes for their successes on the fields and courts, in the classroom and in the community. The award recipients completed their athletics eligibility during the 2012-13 academic year.
The NCAA Honors Committee selects the honorees and is comprised of athletics administrators at member schools and conferences, as well as nationally distinguished former student-athletes.
Previously, the award recognized eight student-athletes and was known as Today's Top VIII. The NCAA Honors Committee expanded the award in 2013 to include 10 honorees in order to recognize the increased number of student-athletes, sports and championship opportunities.
Last spring, Chavanne completed an impressive Tennessee softball career with a stellar senior season that merited numerous national honors. She helped lead the Lady Vols to a national runner-up finish, its sixth appearance in the Women's College World Series and a 52-12 record. Chavanne was named the 2013 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year for the Division I Softball Team and was also a Top 3 Finalist for the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year and finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. As a senior, Chavanne hit .435 with 91 hits, seven homers, five doubles, one triple, 33 RBIs, 70 runs and 41 stolen bases. She earned NFCA Division I All-American first-team honors, NFCA All-Southeast Region first team honors and First Team All-SEC honors.
Chavanne finished her incredible UT career as a three-time Top 10 Finalist for USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year, a four-time NFCA All-American, a four-time NFCA All-Region pick, a three-time Capital One Academic All-American, a three-time Capital One Academic All-District selection, a four-time All-SEC selection and a three-time All-SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll honoree. She ranks as Tennessee's all-time leader in career batting average (.442), runs (244), stolen bases (143) and on-base percentage (.508). Chavanne also ranks second in career hits (355), fourth in triples (11), fifth in at-bats (803) and seventh in slugging percentage (.542).
This past June, Chavanne was also awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for her excellence in the classroom.