published Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Lady Mocs host UT, visit SEC pair and other sports news

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team starts the 2012-13 season at home against Tennessee on Nov. 9. The game will be the Lady Volunteers' first ever without Pat Summitt as head coach, and it will be the first of three games for Wes Moore's Lady Mocs against Southeastern Conference teams this season. After facing Tennessee in Holly Warlick's official debut as coach, UTC visits Alabama on Dec. 8 and Auburon on Dec. 19. The Lady Mocs, who released their schedule Thursday, also have nonconference games against Belmont, East Tennessee State, Jacksonville State and UAB. Southern Conference play will begin with a home games against Furman (Nov. 29) and Wofford (Dec. 1). UTC will spend Thanksgiving in the St. Mary's Tournament in Moraga, Calif. The Lady Mocs finished third in the SoCon last season, going 16-4 in league play and 22-10 overall.

Softball

• Former Ooltewah High School softball player Tabitha Farrow has finished her Lee University playing career and now will try coaching while completing her student-teaching requirements this fall and continuing to work at an Ooltewah restaurant. She will be helping Randy Crawford with the second-year Tennessee Temple softball program. Crawford coached Farrow for five years in summer ball and three years at Ooltewah Middle, where he will be the girls' basketball coach this year between Temple's fall practice and 2013 softball season. "She's always been focused and a hard worker, and she's had good coaches and knows the game," Crawford said. "She's been with a first-class program at Lee, and her Christian attitude and character will set a great example." Farrow, who has played almost every position, was impressed with the Temple players' positive outlook and willingness to keep improving even during their one-win inaugural season. "I'm very excited about the recruits coming in as well as the girls coming back. They just really want to play," she said. Said Crawford: "We'll look like a different team this year, and I really think Tabitha will be a big help in that."

Soccer

• Tennessee Temple women's soccer coach Emmanuel Awotula has added a big-city player and athletic goalkeeper, Donnae' Bolden, not long before the 2012 season. Bolden, who signed scholarship papers Tuesday, also played some forward and scored five goals this past season for South Atlanta High School. She played softball and basketball as well. "She's very, very athletic," Awotula said, "and she's fearless and quick off her line." Bolden said she liked Temple because it's a Christian university and had the major she wanted -- early childhood education. Awotula makes his debut as a head coach on Aug. 17 against UTC at Finley Stadium.

Swimming

• Sewanee's teams have earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America Team Scholar Academic All-America awards for the 37th consecutive semester. The Sewanee women had a 3.40 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the spring; the Sewanee men's GPA was 3.37. Phillip Link and Courtland Day earned individual Academic All-American honors for the men, and Sara Neil received honorable mention for the second straight year.

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