May 26, 2011
By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Lady Vol softball program has added to its long history of success in the Capital One Academic All-American program as sophomore Raven Chavanne (3.92 GPA, political science) has been chosen to the first team for her outstanding efforts both on the field of play and in the classroom.
Over the past seven seasons, Tennessee softball has twice boasted the University Division Academic All-American of the Year (Lindsay Schutzler in 2006 & 2007), has totaled a staggering seven first team and 12 overall Academic All-Americans (three in both 2007 & 2009) and 14 Academic All-District selections. In UT's 16-year program history, the Big Orange now possesses 15 overall Academic All-Americans and eight first-team choices.
To be eligible for Capital One Softball 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 her current institution and be nominated by her sports information director.
A top 10 national finalist for the 2011 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year trophy, Chavanne helped guide Tennessee to a 49-12 overall record, the program's second Southeastern Conference Tournament championship and to an eighth consecutive bid to NCAA Regionals.
The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native, a 2011 first team All-SEC and Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Southeast Region selection, led the league with a .455 batting average to go along with 66 runs scored, 90 hits, six doubles, two triples, three HRs, 32 RBIs and a team-leading 33 stolen bases. Chavanne registered a squad-best, 29 multi-hit games this past season and eight multi-RBI contests, reached safely by hit or walk in 55 of her 61 match-ups and posted a career-long 15-game hitting streak from April 8-May 6.
From a career standpoint the 5-8 outfielder/third baseman has already started making her mark on the UT record books after just two seasons clad in the Orange & White. She currently leads the way at Rocky Top in career batting average (.455) and on-base percentage (.518) while rating seventh in both stolen bases (70) and slugging percentage (.560). Chavanne sits just outside the all-time top 10 in runs scored (130) and total hits (185) and joins former Lady Vol All-American Lindsay Schutzler (2004-07) as one of just two Lady Vols in program history to post 90 hits in two different seasons.
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.