KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee will host an NCAA Regional for the 14th straight year as the Volunteers were revealed as the No. 10 national seed when the bracket was announced late Sunday night on ESPN2.
The Lady Vols will welcome James Madison, Monmouth and Ohio University to Sherri Parker Lee Stadium for the NCAA Knoxville Regional this weekend from Friday, May 18 to Sunday, May 20. The Knoxville Regional will be a double-elimination tournament with the winner moving on to the NCAA Super Regional (Round of 16). The Big Orange will play MAAC Champion Monmouth on Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3 (WatchESPN) while James Madison will take on Mid-American Conference Champion Ohio University on Friday at 3 p.m. on ESPN3 (WatchESPN).
This will be the 16th NCAA Tournament appearance overall and the 15th consecutive appearance for the Lady Vols, who have advanced to the postseason every year since 2004.
For the second time in league history, all 13 teams from the Southeastern Conference were selected for the 64-team tournament field. The SEC made up more than half of the national seeds, with nine teams earning a spot among the top-16 seeds in this year’s tournament.
Tennessee enters the NCAA Tournament with a 45-12 overall record and finished in fourth place in the SEC regular season standings, posting a 14-10 mark in conference play. The Lady Vols had five players earn SEC postseason honors last week led by senior shortstop Meghan Gregg who along with junior second baseman Aubrey Leach and senior outfielder Scarlet McSwain who all earned All-SEC first team honors. Freshman Ashley Morgan and Amanda Ayala were both named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.
Friday’s two winners will play in Game 3 on Saturday at 12 p.m. The losers from Friday’s games will play in Game 4 at 2:30 p.m. and the loser from Game 3 will face the winner from Game 4 at 5 p.m. to conclude play on Saturday.
Game 6 will be on Sunday at 1 p.m. and will feature the winner from Game 3 against the winner from Game 5. The two teams will play again in Game 7 at 3:30 p.m., if necessary.
The 16 winning teams from their respective regional sites will advance to the Super Regionals, which will take place from May 25-27, depending on the host site. All Super Regional sites will feature broadcasts on the ESPN family of networks.
Game 1: Ohio vs. James Madison | 4 p.m. | ESPN3/WatchESPN
Game 2: Monmouth vs. Tennessee | 5:30 p.m. | ESPN3/WatchESPN
Game 3: G1 Winner vs. G2 Winner | 12 p.m.
Game 4: G1 Loser vs. G2 Loser | 2:30 p.m.
Game 5: G3 Loser vs. G4 Winner | 5 p.m.
Game 6: G3 Winner vs. G5 Winner | 1 p.m.
Game 7: G6 Winner vs. G6 Loser (If necessary) | 3:30 p.m.
All-Session tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at the ticket office at Thompson-Boiling Arena or by going to AllVols.com.