Lady Vols hold first official practice of the 2020-21 season

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    KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 14, 2020 – Center Kasiyahna Kushkituah #11 and Head Coach Kellie Harper of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during practice in Pratt Pavilion in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Kate Luffman/Tennessee Athletics

    The Lady Vols hit the practice court on Wednesday to officially begin their 2020-21 season and kick off year No. 2 under Kellie Harper.

    “We’ve had them out there (on the floor) in workouts for a while, but to me, the first official practice just feels different,” Harper said in a press release. “I know my preparation is different going into the ‘real’ practices, so it was fun.

    “I thought the players were pretty locked in and practiced hard. They were trying to sneak reps in. When you have players who are trying to figure out how to get on the court for more reps, I think that’s a good thing. They seemed to really enjoy themselves today.”

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    The media is not allowed to attend practice, but Tennessee Athletics Communications sent out practice highlights and pictures from Wednesday’s first practice of the season.

    Here’s a look at the practice highlights:


    Here’s a look at the photos from practice:

    KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 14, 2020 – Director of Recruiting Operations Jessica Jackson, Head Coach Kellie Harper and Assistant Coach Jon Harper of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during practice in Pratt Pavilion in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Kate Luffman/Tennessee Athletics

    KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 14, 2020 – Center Kasiyahna Kushkituah #11 of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during practice in Pratt Pavilion in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Kate Luffman/Tennessee Athletics

    KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 14, 2020 – Guard Jordan Horston #25 of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during practice in Pratt Pavilion in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Kate Luffman/Tennessee Athletics

    KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 14, 2020 – Guard/Forward Tess Darby #21 of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during practice in Pratt Pavilion in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Kate Luffman/Tennessee Athletics

    KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 14, 2020 – Assistant Coach Jennifer Sullivan and Guard Destiny Salary #2 of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during practice in Pratt Pavilion in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Kate Luffman/Tennessee Athletics

    KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 14, 2020 – Forward/Center Keyen Green #13 of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during practice in Pratt Pavilion in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Kate Luffman/Tennessee Athletics

    KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 14, 2020 – Guard Jordan Walker #4 of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during practice in Pratt Pavilion in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Kate Luffman/Tennessee Athletics

    KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 14, 2020 – Center Kasiyahna Kushkituah #11 and Head Coach Kellie Harper of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during practice in Pratt Pavilion in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Kate Luffman/Tennessee Athletics

    KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 14, 2020 – Guard/Forward Rennia Davis #0 of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during practice in Pratt Pavilion in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Kate Luffman/Tennessee Athletics

    KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 14, 2020 – Guard Rae Burrell #12 of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during practice in Pratt Pavilion in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Kate Luffman/Tennessee Athletics

    KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 14, 2020 – Guard Jordan Horston #25 of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during practice in Pratt Pavilion in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Kate Luffman/Tennessee Athletics

    KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 14, 2020 – Guard Destiny Salary #2 of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during practice in Pratt Pavilion in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Kate Luffman/Tennessee Athletics

    KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 14, 2020 – Center Tamari Key #20 of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during practice in Pratt Pavilion in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Kate Luffman/Tennessee Athletics

    KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 14, 2020 – Assistant Coach Jennifer Sullivan of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during practice in Pratt Pavilion in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Kate Luffman/Tennessee Athletics

    Ben McKee
    Ben McKee is a graduate from the University of Tennessee and has a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. He grew up an Army brat and lived in Alabama for a bit, but he bleeds orange. He covers Tennessee football, basketball, baseball, and the Lady Vols for RTI, and he's also a co-host on the RTI Live Show and RTI Podcast. You can also hear Ben on the morning sports radio show "The Swain Event." He's the producer and co-host along with former Vol wide receiver Jayson Swain.

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