Three soccer players earn national honors

Tennessee seniors Ali Christoph and Jenny Jeffers repeated on the Top Drawer Soccer Women's College Team of the Season, while sophomore Kylee Rossi made her first national team, the outlet released. Christoph was named to the first team for the second time, while Jeffers and Rossi both received second-team honors.

The Columbus, Ohio, native Christoph tops the Lady Vols in assists this season, helping out on six UT goals. The career starts leader with 90 also ranks in the top 10 in career points, goals, game-winning goals, assists, shots attempted and games played. The senior midfielder also shared the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year award while also earning spots on the All-SEC first team and the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV first team.

Jeffers earned a spot on the second team for the second consecutive year after leading one of the nation's top defenses again in 2006. The senior has been called upon for 67 consecutive starts on the Big Orange backline. A member of the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV second team, the co-captain has notched two assists in 2006 and five during her four-year career. Her next start ties the Lake Zurich, Ill., native with Kelly Berrall for ninth on the career charts.

The 2006 SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Rossi leads the Orange and White with nine goals and 22 points on the year. UT's leading scorer the past two seasons, she already stands 12th on the career goals list with 17. The Pennington, N.J., product earned first-team All-SEC honors this year while making the Top Drawer Soccer All-Rookie Team, the Soccer Buzz All-America second team and the Soccer America All-Freshman second team.

North Carolina's Yael Averbuch was selected as the TDS Women's College National Player of the Season.

The Lady Vols open up NCAA Tournament action on Friday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m., when they host UAB at the Regal Soccer Stadium.

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