Nov. 8, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee softball alum Raven Chavanne has been selected as one of 10 extraordinary student-athletes who will be honored in January with the NCAA Today's Top 10 Award.
Last spring, Chavanne completed an impressive Tennessee softball career with a stellar senior season that merited numerous national honors. She helped lead the Lady Vols to a national runner-up finish, its sixth appearance in the Women's College World Series and a 52-12 record. Chavanne was named the 2013 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year for the Division I Softball Team and was also a Top 3 Finalist for the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year and finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. As a senior, Chavanne hit .435 with 91 hits, seven homers, five doubles, one triple, 33 RBIs, 70 runs and 41 stolen bases. She earned NFCA Division I All-American first-team honors, NFCA All-Southeast Region first team honors and First Team All-SEC honors.
Chavanne finished her incredible UT career as a three-time Top 10 Finalist for USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year, a four-time NFCA All-American, a four-time NFCA All-Region pick, a three-time Capital One Academic All-American, a three-time Capital One Academic All-District selection, a four-time All-SEC selection and a three-time All-SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll honoree. She ranks as Tennessee's all-time leader in career batting average (.442), runs (244), stolen bases (143) and on-base percentage (.508). Chavanne also ranks second in career hits (355), fourth in triples (11), fifth in at-bats (803) and seventh in slugging percentage (.542).
This past June, Chavanne was also awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for her excellence in the classroom.
The NCAA Today's Top 10 Award recognizes student-athletes for their successes on the fields and courts, in the classroom and in the community. The award recipients completed their athletics eligibility during the 2012-13 academic year and will be recognized at the Honors Celebration during the NCAA Convention in San Diego, Calif.
The NCAA Honors Committee selects the honorees and is comprised of athletics administrators at member schools and conferences, as well as nationally distinguished former student-athletes.
Previously, the award recognized eight student-athletes and was known as Today's Top VIII. The NCAA Honors Committee expanded the award in 2013 to include 10 honorees in order to recognize the increased number of student-athletes, sports and championship opportunities.