Humphrey tabbed all-district

Lady Vol senior pitcher Stephanie Humphrey is among 22 student-athletes selected to the 2003 Verizon Academic All-America All-District IV University Division Softball Team that was unveiled Thursday morning.

A three-time Academic All-Southeastern Conference choice majoring in microbiology, the Knoxville native became the first Tennessee player chosen to the squad multiple times, as she earned a berth last year. Humphrey, Bridget Jackson (1997), Kenyail Norris (1999), Jodi Ramirez (1998) and Tracy Reidhead (1997) have represented the Orange and White as all-district honorees.

A standout in the classroom, Humphrey has enjoyed a sterling final go-round for Co-Head Coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly. The right-hander was chosen as the SEC's Pitcher of the Week on two occasions in ‘03 and strung together a school- record 16 straight wins between Feb. 8 and April 18. She enters today's meeting with No. 12 LSU, the initial postseason appearance of her career, with an 18-5 mark and will graduate as Tennessee's all-time leader in strikeouts. Over her time on Rocky Top, she has tossed 16 solo shutouts and matched the single-season standard of 24 triumphs last spring. She is looking to become the first Lady Vol to register 20 wins in consecutive campaigns.

This year's team was voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) from District IV, which encompasses Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. To qualify, student-athletes must hold at least sophomore status, own a minimum grade-point average of 3.2 and be either a starter or key reserve for their team. The 12 student-athletes named to the District IV first team will appear on the national ballot for the Verizon Academic All-America Softball Team, which will be announced in early June.

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