Chavanne named top 3 finalist for player of the year

Oklahoma City, OK--(UTSports) Tennessee senior Raven Chavanne has been named a Top 3 Finalist for the 12th Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award, as announced by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and USA Softball on Wednesday.

Chavanne and Oklahoma's Lauren Chamberlain and Keilani Ricketts are the three student-athletes in the final three. Ricketts is also the defending USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year having won the award as a junior in 2012. Other past winners of this award include UCLA's Stacey Nuveman, Florida State's Jessica Van der Linden, three-time winner from Texas Cat Osterman, Tennessee's Monica Abbott, Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher, two-time winner Washington pitcher/hitter Danielle Lawrie and 2011 winner Ashley Hansen from Stanford.

The winner of the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced on May 28 at the athlete-only banquet just prior to the start of the NCAA WCWS. The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is voted on by coaching representatives from 11 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA Regions as well as members of the media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country, and previous Player of the Year recipients.

Chavanne, has consistently been one of the top hitters in collegiate softball year in and year out and was a Top 10 Finalist in 2011 and 2012. The three-time Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American recently earned NFCA All-Southeast Region honors for the fourth consecutive year and was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 first team. Chavanne is also a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and earned First Team All-SEC, SEC All-Defensive and All-SEC Tournament honors.

The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native is enjoying a banner senior season, hitting .470 (fourth in the nation) with seven homers, five doubles, one triple, 31 RBIs, 68 runs, 39 stolen bases, a .622 slugging percentage and a .540 on-base percentage. Chavanne also has 29 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI games on the year. She is fourth in the nation with 1.19 runs scored per game and 11th in the country in stolen bases per game with a 0.68 average (39-for-40). Chavanne broke UT's career stolen base record earlier this season and currently has 141 swipes. She recently set Tennessee's new career runs record and now sits at 242 career runs. Chavanne also has 351 hits, just 11 away from Lindsay Schutzler's school record. She is also the Lady Vols' leader in career on-base percentage at .515.

No. 7 seed Tennessee will host No. 10 seed Alabama from May 24-26 in the Super Regionals. Friday's game is at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. Saturday's Game 2 is at 5 p.m. on ESPN and, if necessary, Game 3 will be played at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

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