Tennessee Lady Volunteers softball

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The Tennessee Lady Volunteers softball team represents the University of Tennessee (UT) in Knoxville, Tennessee in NCAA Division I women's softball competition. Coached by Karen Weekly, the team has become a consistently top tier team in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Tennessee Lady Volunteers softball
2021 Tennessee Lady Volunteers softball team
Tennessee Lady Volunteers logo.svg
Founded1996
UniversityUniversity of Tennessee
Athletic directorDanny White
Head coachKaren Weekly (20th season)
ConferenceSEC
LocationKnoxville, TN
Home stadiumSherri Parker Lee Stadium (Capacity: 1,614 Record: 2,549)
NicknameVolunteers
ColorsOrange and White[1]
         
NCAA WCWS runner-up
2007, 2013
NCAA WCWS appearances
2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015
NCAA Super Regional appearances
2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
NCAA Tournament appearances
1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
Conference Tournament championships
2006, 2011
Conference championships
2007

Along with all other UT women's sports teams, it used the nickname "Lady Volunteers" (or the short form "Lady Vols") until the 2015–16 school year, when the school dropped the "Lady" prefix from the nicknames of all women's teams except in basketball.[2] In September 2017, the “Lady Volunteers” name was reinstated for all women’s athletics teams.[3]

OverviewEdit

 
Volunteers softball legend Monica Abbott

The Lady Vols first fielded a softball team in 1996 with Jim Beitia as head coach.[citation needed] In 2002, Tennessee brought in the husband and wife team of Ralph and Karen Weekly as co-head coaches. Since 2004, the team has reached the NCAA Tournament every year and the Women's College World Series five times.[4] In 2007 the Lady Vols managed to make history finished 63–8 for the program's best winning percentage of .887.[citation needed] A third-straight trip to the WCWS[when?] ended with Tennessee becoming the first SEC program to reach the best-of-three NCAA Championship Series, before falling to champion Arizona.[citation needed] That year the team managed two wins over No. 4 Arizona and triumphs against No. 6 Northwestern and No. 7 Texas A&M which led to Tennessee spending a record 11 consecutive weeks at No. 1 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll,[citation needed] becoming the first SEC school to reach the top ranking in the league's softball history.[citation needed][4]

Sherri Parker Lee StadiumEdit

The Sherri Parker Lee Stadium is the home venue for the Lady Vols, replacing Tyson Park. Opened in 2008, the stadium can seat 1,614 spectators as well as three press boxes, four VIP suites and an observation deck for television crews.[5] In addition to Tennessee home games, Lee Stadium has hosted the SEC Softball Tournament (in 2009 and 2017) and exhibition games involving the US national team (2008) and the Dutch national team (2011, 2012).

Situated next to the stadium, the Volunteers clubhouse is approximately 7,000 square feet (650 m2) and features a team room, whirlpools, training area and conference room. Its other amenities include a kitchen, 30-seat theater, trophy room and a recreation room with a big-screen television, pool table, video games and comfortable furniture for the student-athletes. The locker room is also equipped with full laundry facilities, a mud room, 24 large lockers, shower and bathroom facilities. Also next to the clubhouse is one of the largest batting cage facilities in the nation. It contains four 16-by-60-foot (18 m) cages which are designed to provide plenty of room to walk or film between each. All four cages are covered from the weather and possess high-quality Astroturf. [5]

In 2011 the field was recognized as the NFCA/Stabilizer Solutions Field of the Year.[6]

In 2017 general admission outfield bleachers were added to the stadium.

Head CoachEdit

Karen Weekly took over as sole head coach in 2021, having previously served as co-head coach alongside her husband Ralph Weekly since 2002.[7][8]

Since Ralph and Karen Weekly took over the Lady Vols they have guided the program from a team struggling to make a name for themselves in the SEC[by whom?Discuss] to a team that has garnered world recognition for their success.[by whom?Discuss] The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) has chosen to honor Ralph for his efforts throughout a distinguished, three-decade career, that has spanned from his time in the U.S. Air Force through stops at Pacific Lutheran, Chattanooga and now Tennessee, with a 2011 induction into the NFCA Hall of Fame.

Voted in by his coaching peers and with the organization consisting of just 49 previous inclusions, Ralph Weekly will join Ithaca head coach Deb Pallozzi in ceremonies to be held at the annual NFCA Convention.[when?][citation needed] Ralph and Karen have taken the Vols to their first Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament championships as well as the team's first Women's College World Series appearance.[when?][citation needed]

Their overall record at Tennessee is 465–150–2[when?] and they have recorded the programs most wins in a season with 67, a then[when?] national record in the NCAA.[citation needed] Ralph and Karen have also authored a book, High-Scoring Softball.[9] [4]

Year-by-year resultsEdit

Season
Overall
Record
SEC
Record
NCAA
Tournament Results
SEC
Tournament Results
SEC Regular
Season Finish
1996 54–14[11]
1997 45–22[11] 20–7 L 0–2 vs. Auburn
L 1–2 vs. Florida
2nd Eastern
1998 37–31[11] 13–15 L 1–2 vs. Alabama
W 2–1 vs. Arkansas
L 0–8 vs. No. 12 LSU
3rd Eastern
1999 44–27[11] 17–11 L 1–12 vs. Cal State Fullerton
L 1–12 vs. Washington
W 11–3 vs. Florida
W 4–2 vs. Mississippi State
L 2–3 vs. Arkansas
L 1–3 vs. Arkansas
Tied 1st Eastern
2000 29–34[11] 5–22 5th Eastern
2001 24–35[11] 9–20 5th Eastern
2002 35–25–1[11] 8–17 4th Eastern
2003 45–25[11] 14–15 L 0–1 vs. No. 12 LSU
W 4–3 vs. Auburn
W 5–3 vs. No. 7 Georgia
L 4–3 vs. No. 16 Alabama
4th Eastern
2004 55–16[11] 20–8 W 10–0 vs. Illinois-Chicago
L 0–4 vs. Oregon State
W 4–0 vs. DePaul
L 5–6 vs. Illinois-Chicago
L 2–8 vs. Mississippi State
W 7–5 vs. No. 23 Florida
W 1–0 vs. No. 15 Alabama
L 0–4 vs. No. 10 Georgia
1st Eastern
2005 67–15[11] 20–8 W 9–0 vs. Miami (Ohio)
W 4–0 vs. College of Charleston
W 2–0 vs. College of Charleston
W 2–0 vs. No. 6 Stanford
W 6–0 vs. No. 6 Stanford
*W 1–0 vs. No. 3 Arizona
*L 1–3 vs. No. 7 UCLA
*W 4–0 vs. No. 12 Alabama
*W 2–0 vs. No. 1 Michigan
*L 2–3 vs. No. 1 Michigan
W 4–0 vs. No. 23 Florida
L 3–5 vs. No. 8 Georgia
W 3–0 vs. Mississippi State
W 3–1 vs. No. 9 Alabama
L 0–3 vs. No. 9 Alabama
2nd Eastern
2006 61–12[11] 21–9 W 6–4 vs. Tennessee Tech
W 9–1 vs. Virginia Tech
W 8–1 vs. Louisville
W 5–3 vs. No. 9 Michigan
L 1–5 vs. No. 9 Michigan
W 1–0 vs. No. 9 Michigan
*W 4–3 vs. No. 1 UCLA
*L 0–2 vs. No. 4 Northwestern
*W 3–1 vs. No. 6 Arizona State
*W 1–0 vs. No. 2 Arizona
*L 0–6 vs. No. 2 Arizona
W 6–0 vs. Florida
W 2–1 vs. No. 4 Alabama
W 3–0 vs. No. 12 LSU
SEC Tournament Champions
2nd Eastern
2007 63–8[11] 23–4 W 8–0 vs. Furman
W 2–0 vs. North Carolina
W 7–0 vs. Winthrop
W 9–0 vs. Hawaii
L 6–9 vs. Hawaii
W 7–1 vs. Hawaii
*W 2–0 vs. No. 4 Texas A&M
*W 1–0 vs. No. 1 Arizona
*W 3–0 vs. No. 2 Northwestern
*W 3–0 vs. No. 1 Arizona
*L 0–1 vs. No. 1 Arizona
*L 0–5 vs. No. 1 Arizona
W 6–0 vs. Ole Miss
L 0–1 vs. No. 19 Florida
SEC Champions
2008 50–16[11] 14–2 W 3–0 vs. Winthrop
L 0–4 vs. Virginia Tech
W 8–1 vs. Louisville
W 7–1 vs. Virginia Tech
L 2–4 vs. No. 17 Virginia Tech
W 5–2 vs. No. 25 Georgia
L 1–6 vs. No. 1 Florida
2nd Eastern
2009 40–18–1[11] 12–12–1 W 4–3 vs. James Madison
W 5–2 vs. Nebraska
L 1–6 vs. Jacksonville State
L 1–2 vs. Jacksonville State
W 6–5 vs. No. 20 LSU
L 3–11 vs. No. 1 Florida
3rd Eastern
2010 49–15[11] 17–8 W 5–0 vs. Ball State
W 11–2 vs. Virginia
W 3–1 vs. Louisville
W 5–0 vs. No. 2 Michigan
W 4–3 vs. No. 2 Michigan
*W 9–0 vs. No. 10 Arizona
*W 7–5 vs. No. 6 Georgia
*L 0–8 vs. No. 10 Arizona
*L 2–5 vs. No. 10 Arizona
W 6–4 vs. No. 9 Georgia
L 3–4 vs. No. 4 Alabama
3rd Eastern
2011 49–12[11] 20–8 W 8–0 vs. Liberty
L 1–6 vs. Oklahoma State
W 7–0 vs. No. 19 Georgia Tech
L 5–6 vs. Oklahoma State
W 4–1 vs. No. 20 Kentucky
W 2–1 vs. No. 24 Auburn
W 6–5 vs. No. 9 Georgia
SEC Tournament Champions
2nd Eastern
2012 52–14[12] 22–6 L 0–1 vs. Miami (OH)
W 8–0 vs. UAB
W 8–0 vs. Miami (OH)
W 2–1 vs. Virginia Tech
W 10–2 vs. Virginia Tech
W 3–2 vs. No. 10 Georgia
L 0–1 vs. No. 10 Georgia
W 2–1 vs. No. 10 Georgia
*L 3–5 vs. No. 2 Alabama
*L 1–3 vs. No. 11 Oregon
W 2–1 vs. Auburn
L 1–2 vs. No. 7 Florida
1st Eastern
2013 52–12[13] 16–6 W 9–0 vs. Longwood
W 1–0 vs. NC State
W 7–0 vs. NC State
W 3–2 vs. No. 10 Alabama
W 5–3 vs. No. 10 Alabama
*W 9–2 vs. No. 2 Florida
*W 1–0 vs. No. 11 Washington
*W 2–1 vs. No. 5 Texas
*L 3–5 vs. No. 1 Oklahoma
*L 0–4 vs. No. 1 Oklahoma
W 5–0 vs. South Carolina
L 0–3 vs. No. 8 Missouri
1st Eastern
2014 46–12[14] 17–8 W 12–3 vs. Charleston Southern
W 12–0 vs. Virginia Tech
W 2–0 vs. Lipscomb
L 1–8 vs. No. 7 Oklahoma
W 4–0 vs. No. 7 Oklahoma
L 2–8 vs. No. 7 Oklahoma
L 2–0 vs. No. 15 Kentucky 2nd SEC
2015 47–17[15] 15–9 W 2–0 vs. Longwood
W 9–1 vs. Utah
W 3–1 vs. Utah
W 3–2 vs. No. 9 Florida St.
L 1–6 vs. No. 9 Florida St.
W 2–1 vs. No. 9 Florida St.
*L 2–7 vs. No. 1 Florida
*L 2–4 vs. No. 4 Auburn
W 5–4 vs. No. 24 Kentucky
W 7–5 vs. No. 8 LSU
W 2–1 vs. No. 1 Florida
L 5–6 vs. No. 5 Auburn
5th SEC
2016 43–16[16] 16–7 W 10–2 vs. Marist
L 0–4 vs. Arizona
W 10–1 vs. Ohio St.
L 3–4 vs. Arizona
W 5–1 vs. South Carolina
L 1–3 vs. No. 13 LSU
3rd SEC
2017 48–12[16] 16–7 W 5–0 vs. Longwood
W 7–3 vs. USC Upstate
W 3–0 vs. Longwood
W 8–1 vs. No. 11 Texas A&M
L 5–6 vs. No. 11 Texas A&M
L 3–5 vs. No. 11 Texas A&M
L 2–6 vs. No. 21 LSU 3rd SEC
2018 48–14[16] 14–10 W 9–0 vs. Monmouth
W 12–3 vs. James Madison
W 5–1 vs. Ohio
L 3–4 vs. No. 7 Georgia
L 1–2 vs. No. 7 Georgia
W 1–0 vs. No. 11 LSU
L 2–10 vs. No. 4 Florida
4th SEC
*Women's College World Series

NCAA Tournament seeding historyEdit

National seeding began in 2005. The Tennessee Volunteers are one of only three teams to have a national seed every year, along with Florida and Alabama.

Years → '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 '12 '13 '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '21
Seeds → 11 8 5 13 13 15 14 7 7 10 8 13 8 10 12 9

Awards and honorsEdit

All-AmericansEdit

 
Four time All- American Monica Abbott

The Tennessee Volunteers softball program has garnered 36 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American honors.

  • Monica Abbott – 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 NFCA All-American[17]
  • Tonya Callahan – 2006, 2007, and 2008 NFCA All-American[17]
  • Raven Chavanne – 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 NFCA All-American[17][18]
  • India Chiles – 2007 NFCA All-American[17]
  • Kat Dotson – 2010 NFCA All-American[17]
  • Kristi Durant – 2005 and 2006 NFCA All-American[17]
  • Sarah Fekete – 2005 and 2006 NFCA All-American[17]
  • Rainey Gaffin – 2015, 2016 NFCA All-American
  • Lauren Gibson – 2011, 2012 and 2013 NFCA All-American[18]
  • Meghan Gregg – 2017 and 2018 NFCA All-American[19]
  • Tiffany Huff – 2009 NFCA All-American[17]
  • Aubrey Leach – 2018 NFCA All-American[20]
  • Ellen Renfroe – 2011 and 2012 NFCA All-American[18]
  • Lindsay Schutzler – 2005, 2006, and 2007 NFCA All-American[17]
  • Madison Shipman – 2012, 2013, and 2014 NFCA All-American[21]

National awardsEdit

USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year[19]
  • Monica Abbott – 2007
Honda Sports Award for Softball[19]
  • Monica Abbott – 2007
  • Madison Shipman – 2014
NFCA Golden Shoe Award[22]
  • Raven Chavanne – 2013

lNFCA National Freshman of the Year

  • Annie Aldrete – 2014
Senior Class Award
  • Madison Shipman – 2014[23]

Conference awardsEdit

SEC Player of the Year
  • India Chiles – 2007
  • Tonya Callahan – 2008
  • Lauren Gibson – 2013
  • Madison Shipman – 2014[24]
  • Meghan Gregg – 2017
SEC Pitcher of the Year
  • Monica Abbott – 2004, 2005, 2007
SEC Freshman of the Year
  • Monica Abbott – 2004[19]
  • Kat Dotson – 2010
  • Ellen Renfroe – 2011
  • Caylan Arnold – 2017

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Megargee, Steve (June 26, 2015). "Tennessee set to make move to a lone 'Lady Vols' team". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
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  5. ^ a b "Sherri Parker Lee Stadium". Retrieved September 13, 2016.
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  9. ^ Weekly, Ralph (2012). High-Scoring Softball. Human Kinetics. p. 192. ISBN 9781450401395.
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  18. ^ a b c "Knoxville News Sentinel". GoVolsXtra. July 21, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  19. ^ a b c d http://utsports.com/documents/2018/2/6//Records_SBMG.pdf?id=9120
  20. ^ https://utsports.com/news/2018/5/30/softball-leach-gregg-earn-all-american-honors.aspx?path=softball
  21. ^ "Four Lady Vols Named Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Americans – University of Tennessee Official Athletic Site". Utladyvols.com. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
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  23. ^ "Tennessee's Madison Shipman wins the 2014 Senior CLASS Award® in softball". Senior CLASS Award. May 30, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
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