Freshman outfielder Kat Dotson
June 2, 2010
By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Tennessee Lady Vol freshman outfielders Raven Chavanne and Kat Dotson earned the UT's softball program's 17th and 18th All-American nods, all coming since 2004, by being chosen on Wednesday as two of 18 members of the 2010 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Third Team.
The duo joins Big Orange alums Monica Abbott (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007), Tonya Callahan (2006, 2007, 2008), Kristi Durant (2005, 2006), Sarah Fekete (2005, 2006), Lindsay Schutzler (2005, 2006, 2007), India Chiles (2007) and Tiffany Huff (2009) in forming an impressive list of nine Lady Vols who have earned All-American honors. Every selection in program history has occurred under the tutelage of co-head coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly, who arrived to helm Tennessee prior to the 2002 season.
"Karen (co-head coach Weekly) and I are extremely proud of both Raven and Kat," Lady Vol co-head coach Ralph Weekly said. "They have been outstanding student-athletes all year, worked hard and are very deserving of this special recognition."
On her way to All-Southeastern Conference, SEC All-Freshman and NFCA All-Southeast Region accolades as well as 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 .467 overall with 62 runs scored, 35 stolen bases, four doubles, four triples, three HR's and 26 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 28, including a quartet of 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. Since entering NCAA Tournament play, she has helped guide Tennessee to the program's fourth Women's College World Series berth by hitting an impressive .556 (10-for-18) over five contests.
The SEC'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 and NFCA All-Southeast Region inclusion currently boasts a .399 batting average with 51 runs scored, five doubles, three triples, three HR's, 29 stolen bases and 36 RBIs. The right fielder has tallied 18 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. Most recently Dotson was an impressive 3-for-5 against Louisville in the title game of the NCAA Knoxville Regional and is hitting .353 in NCAA action.