Another Star Tennessee Athlete Leaves Knoxville for Alabama

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Ally Shipman Tennessee Alabama

(Photo By Joy Kimbrough/Tennessee Athletics)

One of the top performers on the Tennessee softball team has announced her transfer destination, as former Lady Vols catcher Ally Shipman is headed to SEC rival Alabama.

Shipman entered the transfer portal on June 24. That was also the same day that co-head coach Ralph Weekly also announced that he was stepping down from his position.

And now, one of Tennessee’s best athletes on a particular team is headed to the Crimson Tide for a second time this year.

New legislation was passed in 2021 that allowed all college athletes the ability to transfer one time without any sort of penalty. That also paved the way for the SEC to grant their athletes the ability to transfer within the conference and still retain their immediate eligibility.

The Tennessee athletics department has certainly had its ups and downs with the new rule. On one hand, they have been able to bring in great players to the University. For instance, basketball star Justin Powell transferred from Auburn to Tennessee earlier this year.

But on the other hand, players like Shipman or Henry To’o To’o will be able to suit up for Tennessee’s rival immediately.

The California native finished her junior year at Tennessee with a .304 batting average. That average ranked fifth on the team. She also ended the 2021 season with 48 hits and 39 RBIs.

When Shipman announced that she would be transferring away from Tennessee, she took to Twitter to announce her decision.

“First off, I’d like to thank Ralph and Karen (Weekly) for the opportunity to be a Lady Vol,” Shipman wrote in a message posted to Twitter on June 24. “This University, this program, and this fan base will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Ally Shipman will have her first chance to return to Knoxville when Tennessee takes on Alabama in 2022.

Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.