The Lady Vols’ 2010 softball squad released its schedule on Monday, and co-head coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly are prepared for a rugged schedule for the upcoming season.
During the slate Tennessee will face four of the eight participants from last year’s Women’s College World Series (Michigan, Georgia, Florida and Alabama), seven ’09 NCAA Super Regional squads and 17 teams that received berths into last year’s NCAA Field of 64.
Tennessee’s campaign kicks-off at the high-profile NTC Division I Elite Invitational in Orlando, Fla. During its stay from Feb. 12-14, UT will face a daunting slate of opponents including 2009 WCWS participant Michigan, 11-time national champion UCLA, perennial Big 12 power Oklahoma and programs on the rise, UCF and Florida Atlantic.
After the Lady Vols’ home opener against Western Carolina on Feb. 16, UT embarks on a nine-game, 10-day road trip to the New Mexico State Invitational in Las Cruces, N. M. (Feb. 20-23) and the prestigious Cathedral City Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. (Feb 25-27).
For the sixth time in program history and the fourth straight season, UT will find itself among those teams participating in the prestigious Cathedral City Classic, formerly the Palm Springs Classic. Another challenging schedule awaits as Tennessee is scheduled to face 2009 NCAA Super Regional squads Stanford and Ohio State as well as Pacific and Syracuse during its three-day stay at Big League Dreams Sports Park.
After an in-state battle with Tennessee Tech on March 3rd, the Lady Vols host the Tennessee Classic at Lee Stadium in 2010 with two home events over March 5-7 and 12-14. In the initial tourney, UT will bring in another perennial Big 12 power in Texas as well as Ohio and Illinois State. Liberty, Tennessee Tech and ’09 NCAA participant Campbell venture to Knoxville to round out the field for the second event.
The Orange & White road schedule in league action includes trips to battle South Carolina (April 2-3, three games), Auburn (April 10-11, three games), Arkansas (April 14, doubleheader) and Alabama (May 1-2, three games).
Conference series slated to be held at Lee Stadium during the 2010 campaign involve WCWS participants Georgia (Mar. 20-21, three games) and Florida (April 23-24, three games) as well as Kentucky (Mar. 23, doubleheader), Ole Miss (Mar. 27-28, three games) and LSU (May 8-9, three games).
Scattered in during SEC action are mid-week, non-conference home games against in-state opponents Austin Peay (Mar. 17) and Middle Tennessee (Mar. 31).
Once the regular-season concludes, Tennessee will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for the second time in 2010 to contest the annual SEC Tournament over May 13-15.
The NCAA Tournament schedule opens at campus sites over May 21-23 with NCAA Regionals and follows with the best-of-three Super Regionals from May 28-29. The annual Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla., will be contested from June 3-9 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.