Taber Spani has elbow surgery

Jenny Moshak, University of Tennessee Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine, announced this morning that Lady Vol basketball guard Taber Spani had undergone surgery on her elbow.

"Drs. Robert Ivy and Russell Betcher, UT team orthopaedists, performed surgery on Taber's left elbow this morning at UT Medical Center," said Moshak. "The surgery addressed the removal of scar tissue build-up."

According to Moshak, Spani's surgery went well and she will begin rehabilitation immediately.

"I anticipate Taber will be ready to return to play in three to four weeks," Moshak said.

The Lady Vols begin their exhibition slate on Tuesday, Nov. 1, facing Carson-Newman in Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 p.m.

The season opener is on Sunday, Nov. 13, against Pepperdine at 2 p.m.

Spani, a 6'1 left-handed junior from Lee's Summit, Mo., averaged 8.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 22.8 minutes per outing as a sophomore. She earned 26 starting assignments while playing all 37 games in the 2010-11 season.

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