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Lady Vols softball finish season ranked for 11th straight year

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  • Defense could end up playing 11-13 newcomers.

    Vols defense deals with lack of experience, size

    Vols defense deals with lack of experience, size

    After years of playing catch-up with the rest of the Southeastern Conference, Tennessee's defense finally is getting up to speed. A variety of position switches and the infusion of a talented recruiting class have given Tennessee a faster defense, addressing what had been a major weakness. The Volunteers need that extra quickness to make up for a lack of experience and size as they head into their Aug. 31 opener against Utah State. The inexperience is most apparent. Defensive coordinator John...
    After years of playing catch-up with the rest of the Southeastern Conference, Tennessee's defense finally is getting up to speed. A variety of position switches and the infusion of a talented recruiting class have given Tennessee a faster defense, addressing what had been a major weakness. The Volunteers need that extra quickness to make up for a lack of experience and size as they head into their Aug. 31 opener against Utah State. The inexperience is most apparent. Defensive coordinator John...
  • Russell saw action in all 35 games

    Lady Vols Mercedes Russell expected to redshirt

    Lady Vols Mercedes Russell expected to redshirt

    Tennessee women's basketball head coach Holly Warlick announced Thursday that 6-foot-6 sophomore center Mercedes Russell is expected to redshirt during the 2014-15 season. “Mercedes has a history of orthopaedic problems with her feet that our sports medicine staff is working to correct,” Warlick said. “Redshirting this season will allow her the opportunity to return to full health and still have three full years of eligibility with our program. We look forward to seeing Mercedes back in actio...
    Tennessee women's basketball head coach Holly Warlick announced Thursday that 6-foot-6 sophomore center Mercedes Russell is expected to redshirt during the 2014-15 season. “Mercedes has a history of orthopaedic problems with her feet that our sports medicine staff is working to correct,” Warlick said. “Redshirting this season will allow her the opportunity to return to full health and still have three full years of eligibility with our program. We look forward to seeing Mercedes back in actio...
  • Woodson, who is 6-foot-10

    Vols adding Memphis transfer Woodson

    Vols adding Memphis transfer Woodson

    A person close to the situation says that former Memphis forward Dominic Woodson is transferring to Tennessee.The source said that Woodson should be in class at Tennessee's Knoxville campus on Thursday and that it remained up in the air whether he'd seek a waiver to avoid sitting out the 2014-15 season. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because Tennessee hasn't announced Woodson's addition.Memphis announced last week that Woodson was transferring. Woodson, who is 6-foot-10, playe...
    A person close to the situation says that former Memphis forward Dominic Woodson is transferring to Tennessee.The source said that Woodson should be in class at Tennessee's Knoxville campus on Thursday and that it remained up in the air whether he'd seek a waiver to avoid sitting out the 2014-15 season. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because Tennessee hasn't announced Woodson's addition.Memphis announced last week that Woodson was transferring. Woodson, who is 6-foot-10, playe...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- For the 11th consecutive season, the Tennessee softball program has finished the year ranked in both national polls.

UT closed 2014 ranked 11th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 and 12th in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll.

Tennessee finished the season with a 46-12 record, advancing to the Super Regionals before losing at defending national champion Oklahoma.

Last season, in 2013, the Lady Vols equaled their highest ranking ever, No. 2 in both polls. That No. 2 ranking tied UT's highest final standing - the Lady Vols also finished 2007 ranked second in the nation in both polls. Tennessee has finished a season ranked in the top 5 of both polls five times in program history - 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2013.

Tennessee senior shortstop Madison Shipman and freshman catcher Annie Aldrete were named 2014 NFCA Division I All-Americans this spring. Shipman was named a first-team NFCA Division I All-American and Aldrete earned second-team honors.

Shipman has had a star-studded postseason as she has been named the winner of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award as well as the Honda Award, as the 'best of the best' in softball. 

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