The Road To The WCWS: Day Two

May 29, 2013


OKLAHOMA CITY -- One of the most exciting days of the Women's College World Series experience is the media day before play starts. On Wednesday, the Tennessee softball team interacted with ESPN production crews and media members and took to the field at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium for practice.

The day started with a noon to 12:55 set time for ESPN interviews, photos and video shoots at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex. Many of the footage and photos taken during this time will be seen during the broadcasts of Tennessee's games in the Women's College World Series, starting with UT's Thursday matchup against Florida in Game 2 on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Tennessee then took to the practice fields, first with a 55-minute session on the field over the hill behind the right field wall. Afterwards, the team headed to the main field at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium for another 55-minute practice.

Following practice, co-head coach Ralph Weekly and senior Raven Chavanne joined coaches and players from Florida, Nebraska and Washington for a joint press conference.

Raven Chavanne was named an NFCA All-American for the fourth time in her career on Wednesday. She was a first-team selection, along with teammates Lauren Gibson and Madison Shipman. On the year, Chavanne has been on just about every national award list. She was named Capital One Academic All-American of the Year and was a Top 3 Finalist for USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year and a finalist for the Senior Class Award.

But for Chavanne, the ultimate goal is a national title.

"When I'm out there playing, I don't think of any of that," Chavanne said at Wednesday's press conference. "When I actually got the text saying I was top three (for Player of the Year), I said, `Top three for what?' I didn't know. It's a tremendous honor to be in that category. And as for the records, I'm just playing. I'm just wanting to help my team out. I'd rather have a national championship than any of those individual records."

The Lady Vols are 4-1 in the previous five WCWS openers. Tennessee has outscored its opponents, 19-8, in those games.

Thursday's game will mark the first time in UT's WCWS history that it will make its Oklahoma City debut in Game 2. The Lady Vols had previously started in Game 1 (2005), Game 3 (2007, 2010, 2012) and Game 4 (2006).





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