Chavanne earns Academic All-American honors

Raven Chavanne with the Weeklys

The Tennessee Lady Vol softball program has added to its long history of success in the Capital One Academic All-American program as sophomore Raven Chavanne has been chosen to the first team for her outstanding efforts both on the field of play and in the classroom.

A top 10 national finalist for the 2011 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year trophy, Raven Chavanne helped guide Tennessee to a 49-12 overall record, the program's second SEC Tournament championship and to an eighth consecutive bid to NCAA Regionals. The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native has a 3.92 GPA in political science.

Over the past seven seasons, Tennessee softball has twice boasted the University Division Academic All-American of the Year (Lindsay Schutzler in 2006 & 2007), has totaled a staggering seven first team and 12 overall Academic All-Americans (three in both 2007 & 2009) and 14 Academic All-District selections.

In UT's 16-year program history, the Big Orange now possesses 15 overall Academic All-Americans and eight first team choices.

To be eligible for Capital One Softball Academic All-District or All-America honors, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at her current institution and be nominated by her sports information director.

Chavannne, a 2011 first team All-SEC and Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) first team All-Southeast Region selection, led the league with a .455 batting average to go along with 66 runs scored, 90 hits, six doubles, two triples, three HRs, 32 RBIs and a team-leading 33 stolen bases.

Chavanne registered a squad-best 29 multi-hit games this past season and eight multi-RBI contests, reached safely by hit or walk in 55 of her 61 match-ups and posted a career-long 15-game hitting streak from April 8-May 6.

From a career standpoint the 5'8 outfielder/third baseman has already started making her mark on the UT record books after just two seasons clad in the Orange & White.

She currently leads the way at Rocky Top in career batting average (.455) and on-base percentage (.518) while rating seventh in both stolen bases (70) and slugging percentage (.560).

Chavanne sits just outside the all-time top 10 in runs scored (130) and total hits (185) and joins former Lady Vol All-American Lindsay Schutzler (2004-07) as one of just two Lady Vols in program history to post 90 hits in two different seasons.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.

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