It's yet another top-10 ranking for the Lady Vol athletic department.
Coming off its best season since 1996-97 and with all of its major contributors from last year intact, the Tennessee women's golf team will start the season ranked No. 7 by the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
"We are proud to be recognized as a top-10 team in the preseason polls," Pavon said. "We will be working hard this season to maintain and improve upon the ranking. Obviously, we have a very long season ahead of us, and will be much more concerned with improving each week and earning a high ranking at the end of the season."
The Southeastern Conference secured four of the top 10 positions with Vanderbilt at No. 6, the Lady Vols at No. 7 and Florida and Georgia at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.
The Pacific-10 Conference and the SEC share top accolades with six slots apiece in the Top 25.
Overall, the Lady Vols will compete against 22 out of the top-25 teams during the upcoming campaign.
Tennessee, which will compete against 22 out of the top 25 teams over the course of the season, will begin its fall season with the NCAA Fall Preview at Auburn. In the Sept. 12-14 event, the Lady Vols will face the top 13 programs in the country.
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The golf team got even more recognition when sophomore Violeta Retamoza and junior Jessica Shepley were named to the Golfweek Preseason All-America teams.
Retamoza, named to the first-team, closed out last season as a second-team National Golf Coaches Association All-American and the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year. Second-teamer Shepley landed on the All-SEC first-team last season and finished 19th in the nation by Golfweek.