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after tumultuous year. 5B



Lady Vols sweep Invitational opening day

BY TAYLOR WHITE games. On offense it was the play
COLLEGE SOFTBALL of Chelsea Seggern, while for-
TENNESSEE INVITATIONAL mer Maryville standout Caylan
KNOXVILLE — A day that start- UT 13, Charleston Southern 1 Arnold carried the pitching staff,
ed with a bang fizzled to a close UT 6, Toledo 2 picking up both wins.
for the Tennessee softball team. Arnold was dialed in from the
The No. 5 Lady Vols opened Weekly said. “We didn’t play a first pitch in the opening win over
the first day of the Tennessee complete game in the second the Buccaneers (13-5) as she threw
Invitational with a commanding game, and what I mean by that is four of the five innings and gave
13-1 win over Charleston South- we didn’t get hardly anything out up just one hit, a hard hit ground-
ern, but that momentum didn’t of our offense. If it wasn’t for the er through the left side in the
carry over to the second half of slappers we wouldn’t have won third inning.
the doubleheader, though Ten- that game. The big hitters were She had her strikeout pitch
nessee still came away with a 6-2 swinging at everything thrown working as she sat down seven
DARYL SULLIVAN | THE DAILY TIMES over Toledo. up there.” of the 13 batters she faced, without
TENNESSEE CATCHER ABBY LOCKMAN (44) tags out Toledo’s Ashley Rausch at “I told the kids we have a ways There were two common
home plate during the third inning Friday at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. to go,” Tennessee co-coach Ralph denominators between the SEE SWEEP, 5B

Scots fall to Stanford

Nebraska QB Chryst
Wesleyan in transferring
NCAA opener to Tennessee
The Maryville College men’s
basketball team couldn’t over-
come a slow start as the Scots KNOXVILLE — Tennessee’s
quarterback competition got a
D3 NCAA MEN’S TOURNAMENT boost late Thursday night.
NEB.-WESLEYAN 94, MC 70 Stanford graduate transfer
Keller Chryst indicated on Twit-
bowed out of the Division III ter that with his final season of
NCAA Tournament in the first eligibility he will play for Ten-
round with a 94-70 loss to Nebras- nessee and first-year head coach
ka Wesleyan on Friday. Jeremy Pruitt.
Calvin Songster tied the game He made his decision known
at the 11-minute mark of the first Thursday by tweeting, “Go Vols!”
half, but then the turnovers came. along with a graphic featuring
The Scots coughed the ball up Tennessee’s “Power T” logo.
13 times in the first half, many Following signing day on Feb. 7,
of which contributed to an 18-0 Pruitt said Tennessee was open to
Prairie Wolves run that put the a graduate transfer and Chrysty
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic fits the bill.
Conference champions up for “I think if you looked at our ros-
good. ter, probably from a pure schol-
The Scots trailed 48-26 at the arship standpoint, we’ll probably
half thanks to a 35-13 run from be operating off of 77 to 75 in the
the Prairie Wolves to close out fall,” Pruitt said. “We’re definitely
the first half. going to be under, so if you looked
The Scots pulled to within 19 at our entire team, there’s prob-
on three occasions in the sec- ably needs at every position when
ond half, but could not overcome it comes to depth. We’re going to
their early miscues. The Prairie look at the possibility of recruit-
Wolves pushed their lead to as ing guys on through the spring
much as 29 in the final half and and we’ll look at grad transfers
settled for the 24 point tourna- and see where that goes.”
ment-advancing victory. Chryst was 11-2 as a starter at
Dante Hoppa paced the Scots MARK HUMPHREY | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Stanford and has a career 19-to-6
with 18 points and 10 rebounds. TENNESSEE’S MEME JACKSON (10) blocks a shot by South Carolina’s Alexis Jennings (35) Friday in Nashville. touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Brutal cold spell

The junior hit four 3-pointers in He is expected to graduate this
the loss. Emanuelle Garcia fin- summer and join the Vols this fall.
ished with 13 points and three Chryst took over the starting
3-pointers. Emier Bowman added job midway through the 2016
11 points and eight boards. season. He guided the Cardinal
Nebraska Wesleyan (25-3) to a 6-0 mark and a Sun Bowl
advances after all five starters berth before tearing his ACL in
finished with double-digit scor- the game against North Carolina.
ing. Cooper Cook went 7-for-9 He returned for the 2017 season,
from the floor including three
3-pointers and a game-high 19
Lady Vols shoot 26 percent in loss to S. Carolina but was replaced by KJ Costello
eight games into the season with
points. Ryan Garver finished Standford sporting a 6-2 record.
with a double-double posting 18 BY LAUREN MOORE await its NCAA Tournament Chryst completed 78 of 144 pass
points and a game-high 14 boards
WOMEN’S SEC TOURNAMENT destination on March 12. attempts for 962 yards and eight
while dishing out eight assists. QUARTERFINALS The talk before the quarter- touchdowns to four interceptions
Jack Hiller and Nate Schimonitz NASHVILLE — Not much NO. 2 SOUTH CAROLINA 73, final matchup was all about if in 2017.
each added 15 points while Deion went right offensively for No. No. 7 UT 62 South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson, The 6-foot-5 quarterback will
Wells-Ross scored 12. 7-seeded Tennessee Friday who missed the last regular- come in and immediately have a
It was the Scots first NCAA night. South Carolina’s surge was season game with vertigo, chance to compete for the Vols
Tournament appearance since Shots weren’t falling in a big enough to secure the win. and Tennessee’s Jaime Nared, starting job with Jarrett Guaran-
2012. While the season ends on 26.7-percent outing from the “I thought we did some who suffered a hip injury in tano and Will McBride. The ris-
a sour note, it was a solid sea- field, but in the third quarter really good things,” UT the Lady Vols win Thursday, ing sophomores have the benefit
son for MC. they found some life, pulling head coach Holly Warlick would play for their respec- of going through the spring with
The Scots won their first USA within three before trailing said, “and we did some things tive teams. Pruitt and new offensive coor-
South Athletic Conference title by five heading into the last that weren’t very good, but I They both did and made dinator Tyson Helton, howev-
since joining the league, cap- frame. loved our fight in our players. immediate impacts, espe- er. Freshman JT Shrout will also
turing both the regular season The two-possession def- “We play hard and aggres- cially Wilson. When the enroll this summer.
and tournament titles. Legend- icit quickly turned into an sive and we usually win the SEC Player of the Year, who The arrival of Chryst is good
ary head coach Randy Lambert 18-point South Carolina game. I don’t have an answer scored a game-high 24 points, news for a UT quarterback room
also coached in his 1,000th game advantage as the No. 2-seed- for it. Like Jaime (Nared) exited the court with four that was left thin following Quint-
for the program and notched ed Gamecocks used a 13-0 said, we missed so many minutes, 35 seconds remain- en Dormady’s January announce-
his 700th career victory during run to start the last 10 min- layups and little shots and ing in the third quarter, the ment that he plans to graduate
the Scots’ conference tourna- utes to pull away for a 73-62 it could be their length, could Lady Vols took advantage. and transfer following this spring.
ment run. win in a Southeastern Con- have been — I’m not, I don’t An 8-0 Lady Vols’ run Dormady began 2017 as Tennes-
Maryville College will have its ference quarterfinal victory know what to put my finger — highlighted by a Mer- see’s starter before relinquishing
entire roster back next season. inside Bridgestone Arena. on it, but we really never felt cedes Russell charge and the job to Guarantano amidst the
The Scots had no seniors on this Tennessee didn’t give in, like we were out of it.”
year’s team. busting out on an 8-0 run, but Tennessee (24-7) will now SEE COLD, 4B SEE QB, 5B


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