Jan. 26, 2011
By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The fourth-ranked Tennessee Lady Vol softball squad garnered a pair of selections to the 13-member 2011 Preseason All-Southeastern Conference Team on Wednesday as sophomore outfielder Raven Chavanne and sophomore pitcher Ivy Renfroe were tabbed to the listing through a vote by the league's softball coaching staffs.
During a magical 2010 season the duo helped guide the Big Orange to a 49-15 overall record and to the program's fourth top-three finish at the Women's College World Series over the last six seasons.
On her way to 2010 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American, NFCA All-Southeast Region, All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman honors as well as being named a Top 25 Finalist for the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year trophy, Chavanne hit a team-leading .455 overall with a squad-best 95 hits, 64 runs scored, five doubles, five triples, three home runs and 26 RBIs while swiping a UT-best 37 stolen bases and posting a .511 on-base percentage in her initial campaign at Rocky Top. The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native was among the NCAA Division I batting average leaders all season long, eventually finishing at No. 7 in the country while also rating No. 19 in the NCAA in runs per game (1.0) and 26th in stolen bases per game (0.58). Chavanne guided the Lady Vol squad in multi-hit games with 29, including a quartet of four-hit efforts. She even posted early-season strings of eight consecutive hits, reached over 22 straight plate appearances by hit, walk, error or fielder's choice and posted a UT-best 11-game hitting skein.
Renfroe registered a sterling 31-6 mark from the circle with a 2.41 ERA and 235 strikeouts in 232.1 innings of work to go along with 15 complete games and six solo shutouts during her freshman season. For her efforts she earned Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Southeast Region, All-SEC, SEC All-Freshman, All-SEC Tournament and All-Women's College World Series accolades. The Jackson, Tenn., product became the only pitcher in UT history besides Monica Abbott to both post 30 or more wins in a single season and win a game at the WCWS by defeating both No. 3 Arizona and No. 9 Georgia. She wrapped up her initial campaign rated 14th in all of NCAA Division I in pitching victories and fifth in saves (five). Renfroe really arrived on a national level live on ESPN during the opening match-up of the NCAA Ann Arbor Super Regional. The 6-0 righthander flirted with a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the powerful Wolverines before settling for a spectacular two-hit shutout (5-0). She also registered wins over ranked teams such as #11 Oklahoma (first career win), #16 Ohio State and #16 LSU during the year.
The Lady Vols open their new campaign at the Stetson Leadoff Classic in DeLand, Fla., on Feb 12th. During the event, Tennessee will face-off against Michigan State (twice), home-standing Stetson and Boston College. Live stats will be available through Gametracker and periodical updates will be posted on Twitter. Check both http://twitter.com/TennSoftball and http://twitter.com/UTLadyVols for more information on Tennessee Lady Vol softball.
2011 Preseason All-SEC Team
Preseason All-SEC Team Pos. Ht. Cl. Hometown
Whitney Larsen, Alabama IF 5-9 Sr. Vestavia, Hills, Ala.
Megan Bush, Florida IF 5-7 Sr. Anaheim Hills, Calif.
Aja Paculba, Florida IF 5-3 Sr. Wildomar, Calif.
Alisa Goler, Georgia IF 5-6 Sr. Frankfort, Ill.
Kayla Braud, Alabama OF 5-6 So. Eugene, Ore.
Kelsey Bruder, Florida OF 5-5 Sr. Corona, Calif.
Taylor Schlopy, Georgia OF 5-2 Sr. West Hills, Calif.
Megan Wiggins, Georgia OF 5-5 Sr. Snellville, Ga.
Raven Chavanne, Tennessee OF 5-8 So. Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Kelsi Dunne, Alabama P 6-0 Sr. Port Orange, Fla.
Ivy Renfroe, Tennessee P 6-0 So. Jackson, Tenn.
Megan Yocke, Kentucky C 5-7 Sr. Sunnyvale, Calif.
Brittany Schutte, Florida DP/U 5-9 So. Fountain Valley, Calif.
*Ties were not broken