May 20, 2010
By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The 2010 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Southeast Region softball teams were announced on Thursday and included an impressive five Tennessee Lady Vols among the 24 total players combining the first and second teams.
Senior catcher Tiffany Huff (third career all-region honor) and freshman outfielder Kat Dotson each reaped a selection to the All-Southeast Region First Team, while freshman outfielder Raven Chavanne, rookie pitcher Ivy Renfroe and sophomore third baseman Jessica Spigner (second career all-region honor) were each named second team All-Southeast Region.
This year's occurrence marks the first time since the 2007 NCAA Division I runner-up campaign that Tennessee has boasted five All-Region selections. UT put four and three players on the 2008 and 2009 All-South Region squads, respectively.
"Karen (co-head coach Weekly) and I are extremely proud of each of our five All-Region selections," Lady Vol co-head coach Ralph Weekly said. "It's very tough to make All-Region in that you are forced to compete against some of the very best softball athletes in the Southeastern United States. All five of these players are great students and also represent The University of Tennessee in the best possible way. These five honorees would be the first to tell you that these are in fact team awards and that none of them would be on an All-Region team without the contributions of their teammates."
Included on the Top 50 preseason watch list for the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award and a Top 10 national finalist for the fourth-annual Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, Huff has hit .324 during her senior campaign with seven doubles, six home runs, 42 RBIs and 41 walks over 55 starts. During the 2010 campaign the Saugus, Calif., native has assaulted the Lady Vol record books, moving to second on the Lady Vol career list for RBIs (217) and walks (147), tied for third in doubles (49) and third in on-base percentage (.462), deadlocked for fourth in HR's (23), eighth in runs (137) and total bases (350) and ninth in both hits (228) and slugging percentage (.526). Huff also became just the third Lady Vol to post 200+ hits and 200+ RBIs during her playing career.
The Southeastern Conference's Co-Freshman of the Year as well as an All-SEC First Team, SEC All-Freshman and SEC All-Defensive Team choice, Dotson has been among the league's leaders in most offensive categories all season long. The Savannah, Ga., native currently boasts a .404 batting average with 50 runs scored, five doubles, three triples, three HR's, 29 stolen bases and 36 RBIs. The right fielder has tallied 17 multi-hit and 10 multi-RBI games during the 2010 campaign. She posted a career high four hits in a win over Kentucky, knocked in three RBIs during match-ups against Bradley, Cleveland State, St. Mary's, Mississippi State, Liberty and UK and was even responsible for the eventual game-winning, two-run HR during a 2-1 victory at Auburn.
A second team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman selection, Renfroe has helped guide UT from the circle in 2010 by posting a stellar 26-4 overall record with a 2.44 ERA in 189 innings of work. The Jackson, Tenn., native tied for the league lead in SEC victories with 13 and even downed #9 Georgia, 6-4, during the recent Southeastern Conference Tournament. She posted SEC victories over Mississippi State (two), #9 Georgia (two), Kentucky (two), Ole Miss, South Carolina (two), Auburn, Arkansas (two) and #11 LSU (two) and out of league triumphs over rated teams such as #11 Oklahoma and #16 Ohio State.
On her way to second team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman accolades and a Top 25 finalist for the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year trophy, Chavanne has made quite an impression offensively during her rookie campaign by hitting an impressive .458 overall with 57 runs scored, 33 stolen bases, four doubles, four triples, three HR's and 24 RBIs. Among the NCAA Division I batting average Top 10 all season long, the Thousand Oaks, Calif., product currently guides the Lady Vol squad in multi-hit games in 2010 with 25, including three four-hit efforts. Chavanne 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.
Last but certainly not least, Spigner has continued the momentum from her outstanding 2009 all-region rookie season into her sophomore campaign in 2010. The Santa Clarita, Calif., native has tallied a .374 mark with team-highs in doubles (11), homers (eight) and RBIs (52), while posting a squad-best 15 multi-RBI efforts. The third baseman blasted her first career grand slam to down #11 Oklahoma, 4-2, later contributed a three-run shot in a 3-0 victory over #16 Ohio State and hit two homers during a 3-for-4, four-RBI effort as Tennessee rallied past Illinois State, 6-5. She also tallied two doubles in match-ups versus Illinois State (3-for-4, RBI) and at Arkansas (3-for-3, RBI).