Lady Vols Media Day Coverage

The Lady Vols held their media day Tuesday where they talk basketball and Inside Tennessee talks anything but. Go inside to hear the players talk about themselves from the worst trouble they got into as a child to which coach they would take to a song-and-dance contest.

Tennessee's Media Day started at Pratt Pavilion where coach Holly Warlick addressed a packed room of reporters about the upcoming season. It may be her first year as head coach – and the first at Tennessee since 1974 without Pat Summitt on the sideline – but there is certainly no dropoff in press interest in the program.

Warlick addressed a variety of topics – the full transcript, courtesy of the Lady Vols website can be read by CLICKING HERE – from getting ready for the season opener to succeeding Summitt.

"When you are a part of it and been a part of it, I have been here, I grew up here … it is personal. It is something I have always wanted to do," Warlick said. "I have been involved in with this program for 28 years, as an assistant coach. I can't tell you how many questions I have been asked, ‘You are crazy to follow Pat,' or ‘You have so much pressure.'

"I don't see it as that. I was taught by the best to be put in this position. So I think I am prepared. Mistakes along the way? Absolutely. As long as I keep learning from them. Pat and I have talked about it for a long time and she has put me in situations where I have been in difficult situations, I have been able to sit back and watch her perform. This is where I have always wanted to be.

"I love the challenge and I love the opportunity to be here. It is in my blood. It is all I know … It is just who I am and what I think I was chosen to do."

Tennessee starts the exhibition season this week with two games – Thursday at 7 p.m. against Carson-Newman and Sunday at 2 p.m. against Coker.

The floor at Thompson-Boling Arena went down Monday, and the team practiced on it for the first time Tuesday. The freshmen noted it was special to officially put their feet on "The Summitt" court.

The Lady Vols have five newcomers this season, four true freshmen and sophomore juco transfer Jasmine Phillips, who remained on crutches because of a left quad injury and was officially listed as day to day.

The newcomers will have to contribute this season and they have earned raves from Warlick for their work ethic and willingness to be coached.

"I think we are going to come together as a team and play really hard," said freshman guard Andraya Carter. "I think we are going to have a lot of energy and run and be very fast and athletic. I think we are just going to play really hard.

"We are going to outplay other teams and hustle hard and have a passion for the game. I think we should do well."

The two preseason polls are out and Tennessee is ranked No. 20 by AP and No. 16 in the coaches' poll.

"When you lose five starters, you lose the winningest coach in the country, I understand that the expectations for this team will be lowered," Warlick said. "But, they aren't lowered for me; they're not lowered for this program, for these fans."


Holly Warlick


The Lady Vols agreed, as always, to field some non-basketball questions – several said they now look forward to it – in order to get to know them better. Here are their offbeat exchanges with Inside Tennessee.

Isabelle Harrison

Jasmine Jones

Nia Moore

Jasmine Phillips

Bashaara Graves

Andraya Carter

Cierra Burdick

Kamiko Williams

Ariel Massengale

Meighan Simmons

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