It’s a rough morning for Tennessee Vols fans continuing to follow the baseball program. After a 16-year wait to get back to the College World Series, their 20-year drought in CWS wins remained thanks to an upset shutout loss.
Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with more coverage of UT’s Sunday loss to the Virginia Cavaliers. The loss puts the baseball program in the loser’s bracket of the event, and they will face the Texas Longhorns, who lost to the Mississippi State Bulldogs, on Tuesday.
We have other baseball coverage that came out before the first CWS pitch, including All-American honors and coaching honors for Vitello. Olympic news in swimming and the hire of assistant coaches in women’s tennis and women’s golf also made news. Let’s start with the baseball story.
Tony Vitello, Connor Pavolony recap CWS loss – Ben McKee, VolQuest
The Tennessee Vols baseball team fell 6-0 to the UVA Cavs Tuesday in its first College World Series trip since 2005. With that loss, they fell to 50-17 on the year and have now suffered four straight losses in the event dating back to 2001. Head coach Tony Vitello and junior catcher Connor Pavolony both spoke after the game. Here’s a bit of what Vitello said.
"“I thought there were moments whether at the plate or on the mound where we lacked conviction and it cost us a little bit. And towards the end of the game, when the score wasn’t the way we wanted, we uncharacteristically … rolled over is not the right word, but we lost our edge a little bit, which has been so beneficial to us.”"
NCBWA names Tony Vitello Coach of the Year – Sportswriters.net
Despite not being named SEC Coach of the Year, Tennessee baseball head coach Tony Vitello was recognized as the National College Baseball Writers Association Mike Martin National Coach of the Year. Vitello won the award on Friday.
"Vitello, in his fourth season in Knoxville, has guided the Volunteers to a 50-16 record including a 20-10 mark in SEC play this year. Tennessee won eight of its 10 conference series and made an impressive run in the SEC Tournament with wins over No. 3 Mississippi State, Alabama and No. 13 Florida before falling to top-ranked Arkansas in the championship game."
Two Vols named ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans – ABCA..org
Junior pitcher Chad Dallas and senior shortstop Liam Spence represented the Tennessee Vols baseball team on American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings Sporting Goods All-American teams. Dallas earned second-team honors, and Spence earned third-team.
"First recognized in 1949, the ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans are selected by the ABCA All-America committee, which is chaired by Tommy Raffo of Arkansas State University. ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections, which were announced on Wednesday, were nominated for All-America honors."
Women’s tennis promotes assistant – Ken Lay, VolsWire.com
Jarryd Chaplin has been promoted to Tennessee Lady Vols tennis associate head coach. He has been an assistant coach with the program since 2019.
"Chaplin received the promotion after he was named ITA Ohio Valley Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Tennessee head coach Alison Ojeda was named Ohio Valley Region Coach of the Year."
Assistant women’s golf coach named – UTSports
New Tennessee Lady Vols golf head coach Diana Cantu named Nic Robinson as an assistant coach within the program. Robinson has been an assistant with the Charlotte 49ers women’s golf team over the past four years.
"Hired at Charlotte prior to the program’s inaugural season in 2017-18, Robinson helped the 49ers claim three top-five finishes during their debut campaign.In the following year, Charlotte placed second at the Conference USA Championship. The 49ers logged five top-five finishes in 2018-19, had two players earn All-Conference USA honors and sent Cecilie Finne-Ipsen to the NCAA Championships as an individual."
Swimming concludes 2021 Olympic Swim Trials – omegatiming.com
Former Lady Vols swimmer Erika Brown will join Team USA in the Olympics in Tokyo this year. she qualified in the 100m freestyle.