Tennessee’s preseason No. 1 ranking in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll was rubber stamped on Tuesday when the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll had the Lady Vols in the top spot.
Tennessee claimed six of the 20 first place votes in the poll conducted by the Amateur Softball Association of America and USA Softball.
This is the first time UT has started the season at No. 1 in any poll. The Lady Vols’ previous best was starting at No. 2 in 2007.
Defending Women’s College World Series champion Oklahoma will start the season at No. 2 after receiving five first place votes.
Florida matched Tennessee’s six first place votes and is ranked No. 3. Michigan is No. 4 and Washington, with two first place votes, rounds out the top five.
All eight teams in the WCWS start the 2014 season in the top 10. Seventh-ranked Arizona State received one first place vote while Nebraska is No. 9 and Texas at No. 10.
The SEC leads the way with eight teams ranked in the Top 25 with Alabama at No. 6. The Pac-12 has six teams ranked.
Meanwhile, the Lady Vols will have six games televised this season.
Games include March 23 against South Carolina at Lee Softball Stadium on ESPNU at 2:30 p.m.; April 11 at Texas A&M on ESPNU at 8 p.m.; and April 13 at Texas A&M at 1 p.m. on ESPNU.
CSS will carry two of Tennessee’s home games against Florida on March 29-30, both starting at 1 p.m.
SportSouth will televise UT’s regular-season finale on May 4, a home game against Ole Miss, starting at 1 p.m.
Men’s Swimming: Tennessee sophomore Mauricio Robles was named SEC men’s diver of the week and Luke Percy was named the league’s freshman of the week.
Robles swept the 1-meter (363.00) and 3-meter (384.23) events against Georgia.
Percy won the 50-yard freestyle (20.25 seconds) and the 100 free (44.10).