Tennessee shot the third-lowest team score of the second round Saturday and jumped six spots in the team standings at the Liz Murphey Fall Preview in Athens, Ga.
The Lady Vols fired a 7-over-par 295 to move up into a tie for eighth with a two-day total of 597. Auburn (293), Alabama (289) and North Carolina (289) were the only three teams to shoot a better second round than UT did.
"We stayed tougher out there today," Tennessee coach Judi Pavon said. "After not a great start everyone hung in there, especially AJ (Newell) and Chessey (Thomas). As a team we shot even on our second 9 (the front) which was a big improvement over yesterday. The scores are very bunched up from fourth place down, so we will need to keep focused and have another solid round (today)."
Senior Erica Popson continues to pace UT, shooting a par round. She's tied for 10th at 1-over 145, five strokes off the individual lead held by Auburn's Marta Sanz.
Junior Chessey Thomas and sophomore AJ Newell both shot 2-over 74, while Sara Monberg shot 3 over and had five birdies. Freshman Ashlee Pickerell rounded out the Lady Vols with a 9 over.
Auburn (580) continues to hold the lead after the second round, with Alabama (585) in second and North Carolina (586) in third.
Tennessee tees off for the final round at 8 a.m. today.
Women's basketball: The University of Tennessee-Martin unveiled a grouping of life-size bronze statues of Tennessee head coach emeritus Pat Summitt, her former UT Martin basketball coach Nadine Gearin and former UTM Women's athletics director Bettye Giles.
Summitt, Giles, UT President Joe DiPietro, UT President Emeritus Joe Johnson and UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes participated in the unveiling.