Chavanne shines as a Lady Vol


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Now you see her. Now you don't.

But not every college saw it that way.

Tennessee All-American third baseman Raven Chavanne was told by some of the big softball programs out West that she wasn't fast enough to play in their programs.

Those programs missed out.

The California native is nearing an end to her standout career at Tennessee. It's a career that includes the school record in stolen bases.

A career that features a .450 batting average. (It's .468 this season).

A career that Lady Vols co-head coach Karen Weekly calls one of the best college softball has ever seen.

"You can make the argument that Raven is the best lead-off hitter that we've ever had in this program and one of the best lead-off hitters ever in college softball," Weekly said.

"It's (stats and records) not something that I think about," Chavanne said after her last practice in Knoxville before leaving for Oklahoma City and the Women's College World Series.

"I hope when it comes to my legacy that I was a player here that did everything to help my team win. Just let the results speak for themselves."

The results have been staggering.

In addition to the stolen bases record, Chavanne also holds school records for runs and career on-base percentage. She's second in hits, just ten behind from another record.

Chavanne and the rest of the Lady Vols are gearing up for the World Series.

Tennessee takes on Florida Thursday at 2:30 (ESPN).

The Lady Vols have made five trips to the Women's World Series, but are still looking for that elusive national championship.

For Chavanne, this is her third appearance. She's hoping to return with the one major softball jewel missing from her resume.

"I want a national championship," Chavanne said.

"That's why I came here. But going three out of four years, most people can't say that. And that's not something we take for granted. This is something that I will remember forever."

Tennessee fans will say the same about Raven Chavanne.


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