The Lady Vols softball team are headed back to the NCAA tournament for the 11th time in program history and will play host in the regional round.
The Lady Vols will take on Big South Conference champion Longwood this coming weekend, while the James Madison Dukes and North Carolina State Wolfpack round out the four-team, double elimination regional in Knoxville.
Opening round games start Friday May 17 and will be at 3:30 PM and 6 PM, with the regional championship game played either Saturday night or Sunday afternoon.
From Go Vols Xtra
For at least one weekend, Tennessee fans will also need to be Kentucky fans.
The Vols lost 10-2 to No. 14 Arkansas in front of 8,523 fans at Baum Stadium Sunday and remain on the outside looking in for the 12-team SEC baseball tournament field.
In order for Tennessee to earn its first league tournament berth since 2007, the Vols (20-28, 7-18 SEC) must win one more game this weekend at home against Texas A&M than Missouri does at home against Kentucky.
From Rant Sports
The Tennessee Volunteers were bringing back all of their starters from last season, until it was announced that point guard Trae Golden would be transferring from the university. Head Coach Cuonzo Martin states that it was due to academic reasons (including plagiarism), but many believe that Golden was forced out of Tennessee by Martin because of the lack of available scholarships. At this point, all of this is just a distraction from the true problem. Can Tennessee succeed without Golden at point?
From Go Vols Xtra
In this era of diminished expectations, Tennessee fans long for a performance by somebody in orange they can stand up and cheer about.
Such performances still happen. The rub is that unless they happen in Neyland Stadium or Thompson-Boling Arena, not many people see them.
There was such a performance Saturday. It was witnessed by only a couple hundred pairs of eyes, nearly all of whom belong to the tennis
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