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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Receiving accolades is just a bonus

By Raven Chavanne

Tennessee softball award winners
Kat Dotson, Lauren Gibson, Madison Shipman and Raven Chavanne were named to the All-SEC first team and All-SEC defensive team.

Hey, everyone! I hope you’re all as excited for the postseason as I am. But first, I want to talk about last weekend, which was hectic weather-wise as we finished up the regular season.

For our last SEC series, we traveled up to Columbia to face the Missouri Tigers. As we got off the plane last Thursday night it was about 40 degrees and raining, and the weather was not looking good for Friday. Sure enough, our game was canceled the next day. We ended up playing a doubleheader Saturday.

We split with Mizzou that night. The next day our game was at noon, so we were up early, ready to play our third game in less than 20 hours. The third game had a drop-dead time of 2 p.m. because we had to drive two hours to the airport to catch our flight.

We ended up losing the game 12-8 in five innings because of the drop-dead time. We wished we could have played all seven innings, but Missouri was most deserving and played an excellent series.

We finished second in the SEC behind Florida. The conference also announced the postseason awards, and my teammate Lauren Gibson received SEC player of the year, which she definitely deserved for being incredible in conference play. Lauren, Kat Dotson, Madison Shipman and I were named to the All-SEC first team and All-SEC defensive team by the league. Lauren and I also were named Top 10 finalists for USA Softball national player of the year.

It is such an honor to have the coaches vote for us for these awards, and we were all extremely grateful and humbled by it. It’s always my goal to have fun and help my team win while playing the game I love, so receiving accolades is just a bonus.

We are now getting ready for my favorite time of year: the postseason! We start off in Lexington, Ky., for the SEC tournament, facing South Carolina in our first game. We know we have to come out ready to play because South Carolina is a strong team that beat Florida to get into the tournament. We are taking it one game at a time, looking at this tournament as preparation for regionals.

That’s all for now. I will be back later this week to talk more about the postseason.