Lady Vols host NCAA Regional for 14th straight season

In that 2014 NCAA Tournament, Ohio was in the Lexington Regional and lost its first two games in the double-elimination tournament. Games at Beckham Field will begin this weekend. The victor will play the victor of Oklahoma and Boston, while the losers will meet in an elimination game. Both of the games will be streamed live on the WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app.

Though the players - who watched the selection show together Sunday night - were hopeful to host a Regional, they are embracing the challenge that's in front of them. Arizona State (43-11) is No. 8 and playing a regional at home in Tempe.

That will mean that for the Lady Vols to return to the Women's College World Series, their path could take them through an NCAA Tournament Super Regional at Georgia.

The No. 2 seed is Florida (50-8).

Tulsa (33-23), a team that almost ended OU's season in last year's regional, will be in the Norman Regional along with Missouri (28-27).

The final matchup of the regional will feature the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) and Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Tournament champion Bethel University.

Arizona State is one of the biggest surprises this season as they were picked to finish sixth in the preseason Pac-12 poll and have been led by a strong offensive lineup and ace G Juarez.

The Titans received one of the two Pool B bids as the WIAC does not have an automatic qualifier this season.

"We've seen all four teams", senior Courtney Shea said. Should the seeding play out, that would be played in Seattle - best of three for a spot in Oklahoma City. "We've played Jacksonville State and we played Kennesaw State, so I think we're doing good going forward".

Carolina has yet to advance past the regional round in Smith's seven-plus seasons.

Kentucky and Illinois-Chicago did not meet during the regular season.

Vanessa Coleman

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