Media Picks Lady Vols To Finish Second In SEC

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    The preseason women’s SEC Media Poll came out Tuesday with the media picking Tennessee to finish second in the league, behind just No. 1 South Carolina.

    Behind Tennessee is Texas A&M, Kentucky, Georgia, Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, Missouri, Florida, Auburn, Vanderbilt.

    The preseason ranking is Tennessee’s highest in the SEC since the 2015-16 team was also picked to finish second in the conference. The Lady Vols went 9-4 in SEC play a year ago, earning the three-seed in the SEC Tournament.

    The Lady Vols had no players make the five-player preseason All-SEC team. The five players were the returning All-SEC players from the 2020-21 season.

    Earlier Tuesday, the inaugural AP Poll for the 2021-22 season came out, ranking Tennessee No. 15 nationally. The national poll had the Lady Vols behind both No. 1 South Carolina and No. 13 Kentucky.

    Tennessee’s schedule includes matchups with eight teams ranked in the preseason top 25. The Lady Vols will play South Carolina, Kentucky and Texas A&M in SEC play and UConn, Stanford, USF, Virginia Tech and Texas out of conference.

    The Lady Vols are nearly halfway through their preseason practice with their season opener against Southern Illinois 22 days away.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.