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The Tennessee Lady Volunteers represent the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in women's intercollegiate athletics.

The Lady Volunteers name is derived from the state's nickname, the "Volunteer State," because of its history of many Tennessee citizens who volunteered to fight in the military. The 1902 UT football team was referred to as "Volunteers." The name was also applied to the women's teams when they formed in the 20th century. UT's lady varsity teams are often referred to as "Lady Vols."



The Lady Vols have one of the most successful basketball programs of all time. Coach Pat Summitt is the all-time wins leader among Division I basketball coaches, male or female. The Lady Vols are the only team that has been in the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament every year of the tournament's existence, and never failed to make the Sweet Sixteen until the 2009 tournament. The team has won eight NCAA tournaments under Summitt, most recently the 2008 NCAA tournament. The Lady Vols have a longtime rivalry with the University of Connecticut. This is one of the most famous rivalries in college basketball.


The softball team has experienced recent success making multiple Women's College World Series appearances. The team played for the 2007 National Championship at the 2007 Women's College World Series, losing 2 games to 1 to Arizona.

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