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Tennessee tips off NCAA play today

Kamiko Williams and Taber Spani, the team's two sophomores, sat side by side in the Lady Vols' locker room Friday. One looked amused; the other looked serious. One was trying to earnestly explain her newfound focus; the other was listening and couldn't suppress a smile.

Taber Spani arrived at Tennessee with an athlete's pedigree. Her father was an All-American football player and her maternal grandfather, a legendary gridiron coach, taught her about the mental approach to sports beginning in elementary school. Spani was home-schooled and grew up in the state of Missouri. Kamiko Williams arrived at Tennessee with an athlete's skill set after a peripatetic...

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