Daily Archives: September 11, 2009

LadyVolNation Introducing 2009-2010 UT LadyVols (Return To Greatness)

The Logo you see has defined GREATNESS in women basketball! The Woman you see defines PURPOSE.

What could I possibly write about Pat Summit, or this great basketball empire she has built from the ground up, that has not already been said? Probably nothing, but I will in my own words let you guys in on this upcoming season.

We already know the Tennessee Pride that exudes from Pat’s veins, but what is extraordinary about her, is her ability to make it exude from others. Pat is able to do this because she knows her purpose in life: To teach, encourage, uplift, inspire, and cause those to believe, who may have given up hope before they met her. The vein God has given her to do this is through basketball. There truly are only a handful who have been “called” to this type of platform in the women game(C. Vivian Stringer, Van Chancellor, Andy Landers, uuuhh umm Geno Auriemma).

Now as a player when you have Pat Summit knocking down your door, or blowing your phone up, rest assured you have something special, and she is more than willing to help you get it out…lol. She doesn’t recruit players she feels she can’t teach anything, or develop for the next level. The woman looks at your life as a whole and see’s if she has what it takes to help you reach your goals…to prove it 100% graduation record.

So having the #1 recruiting class last year reminded me of the 2004 class of Candace Parker, Alexis Hornbuckle, Sade Wiley-Gatewood, Alex Fuller, Sybil Dosty, and Nicky Anosike. So the bar was set high for this team…people called them “the babyvols” but do you ever have time to be a “baby” when you don the Orange? Probably not? We are so spoiled. Well we know how that class started-Candace Parker had knee surgery and sat out the entire season, SWG was also injured most of that season…and it was an elite 8 exit. The next season, Parker was back but SWG transferred, Hornbuckle forced to play the point-broke her hand=elite 8 exit! It was that same “look” I spoke of when introducing Kelly Cain that Parker had when the season ended. The team came together on its own…no talk from the coaches, but they had a team meeting and decided they would hold each other accountable on the court and off. It was time to bring the championship back to Knoxville. They did just that..not one but two!

2009-2010 LadyVols showed us resiliency when they played Rutgers, coming back from a 20pt halftime deficit. After the disappointment, (the wins come with every unforced practice of your game) comes the glory. You all know what it’s like to be the first UT team to lose in the 1st rd of the NCAA tourney, now be the first UT team to win a championship the next year. Just like that 2004 class, you are still the #1 recruited class for your year…put the work in, and the country will see it! It’s the RETURN TO GREATNESS!

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Posted by on September 11, 2009 in CANDACE, ladyvols, Parker, Pat, rutgers, Summit


LadyVolNation Introducing UT LadyVol: Kelly Cain (The Anchor)

LadyVolNation stand up! Introducing to you “The Anchor” Kelly Cain, 6’6 of block party! Wow where do I start…how about with a look of disgust at the end of the game versus ballstate! Now I don’t want to bring up “bad experiences” (believe me) but there was a look on Kelly’s face that said it all. She only played 14 minutes in that game, I’m guessing it was her knee, because I don’t remember her having any fouls. Now bear with me, cause I know we don’t want to keep reliving that game…but as the teams lined up to shake hands, one active player was on the bench: Kelly Cain now check out the look on her face.

Now people can interpret things all type of ways, but if I could put a bubble over her head (it would say: What just happened? Then switch to-This will NEVER happen again on my watch)! First off let’s make sure that everyone knows that Kelly nor Vicki were acting like “poor” sports or anything because they were sitting on the bench…it’s just when you are playing for the #1 women basketball school in the history of the NCAA, coming off of back to back championships…we don’t make history like this!

I said that to say this…I watched Kelly score baskets with the greatest of ease when she is on the block. She knows how to use frame to carve out space under the basket, rendering her opponent helpless. With her height all the guards have to do is throw it at the rim, she has very soft hands around the basket. I got a feeling it’s going to be “hack a Cain” this season, cause she will be pinning opponents under the basket and powering up…uhhh who is going to stop her? Oh so Kelly if you reading this free throw practice this offseason cause you will live at the line. Cause they will either foul or get scored on.

One other thing I would like to point out is, I hope she plays “The Anchor” aggressively this season. I truly want guards to be scared to death to come into the paint with Kelly standing right there. Whoever tries it, will have their shot mailed back to their home state. There is nothing worse than seeing your “family” struggling, fighting, and not be able to do anything about it. But guess what Kelly had the screws that were in her knee taken out…and when she steps back onto the court, she will be ready to play her first full season for the LadyVols, and we can have her for 2 more years to wreak havoc on the SEC and the NCAA wearing the Orange baby! Being THE ANCHOR!
Side note: We are praying earnestly that Kelly does not get another concussion. By my count she has suffered at least 3 since being at UT. These have occured at different times during her UT career! Family that PRAYS together STAYS together! LadyVolNation stand up!

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Posted by on September 11, 2009 in anchor, ballstate, cain, kelly, ladyvolnation, ladyvols, UT

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