May 6, 2010
By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Lady Vol softball program has continued its tremendous success in the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American program as two UT players have been chosen to the 2010 All-District IV First Team. Senior catcher/first baseman Tiffany Huff (3.78 GPA, special education) and junior center fielder Kelly Grieve (3.32, animal science/pre-veterinary track with a minor in biology) have each reaped a nod to the district squad, granting the Big Orange two selections on the 11-member first team.
Over the last six seasons, Tennessee has totaled a staggering 13 Academic All-District selections, with Huff picking up her second consecutive All-District IV First Team nod. For Grieve the inclusion on the 2010 squad marks the first of her collegiate career.
To be eligible for ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District or All-America honors, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
A Top 10 national finalist for the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award presented to the Division I softball player who best demonstrates their abilities on and off the field of play, Huff was also listed among the preseason top 50 watch list for the prestigious USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year trophy. Holder of an exceptional 3.78 GPA in special education, Huff has helped lead Tennessee to a 39-11 overall record by hitting .350 (48-of-137) with 34 runs scored, seven doubles, six home runs, a team-best 38 walks and 41 RBIs. The Saugus, Calif., native has started all 50 contests for Tennessee this season while tallying 10 multi-hit and nine multi-RBI efforts. She posted a 10-game hitting streak from Feb. 14th against #11 Oklahoma through Feb. 27th versus #16 Ohio State, posting a .448 (13-of-29) average with six runs scored, two doubles, a HR and 10 RBIs during the skein. Most recently, Huff is currently riding a seven-game hit streak including match-ups against Presbyterian (two), Tennessee Tech, #4 Florida (two) and #4 Alabama (two). During the 10-0 (6 inn.) victory over TTU, Huff blasted a career-best two HR's as part of a 2-for-3, three-run, four-RBI performance.
Grieve has had an outstanding junior campaign thus far for the Lady Vols by registering a .373 batting average (62-of-166) with 49 runs scored, eight doubles, three triples, her first three career home runs, 24 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. An inclusion on the preseason top 50 watch list for the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award, the Asheville, N.C., product has tallied 21 multi-hit games, to rate second on the Lady Vol squad, and seven multi-RBI contests in 2010. She is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak, during which Grieve is hitting .414 overall with two base knocks each in contests against Arkansas, #4 Florida and #4 Alabama (two games). In the doubleheader versus the Crimson Tide, the 5-4 center fielder was 4-for-8 at the dish with a HR and two RBIs. During the upset victory over the Gators with UT trailing 3-2, Grieve started the crucial bottom of the seventh inning rally by beating out an infield single to first on a gutsy slide into the bag. She has often been at her best on the biggest stage against ranked teams in 2010, leading Tennessee in such contests in batting average and hits.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.