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For the second year in a row, each women’s basketball team from all three undergraduate campuses in the UT System are in the NCAA tournament.

“It is exciting to see all three of our women’s teams in the NCAA tournament again. These women and their coaches are great ambassadors for the University of Tennessee and our state. And since they are in three different regions, I don’t have to worry about choosing sides until the Final Four,” said UT System President Joe DiPietro.

The Lady Vols earned the No. 1 seed in the Louisville regional after capturing the Southeastern Conference tournament title. This is Tennessee’s record 33rd appearance in the NCAA tournament.  The Lady Vols are hosting the first and second rounds of the tournament at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville and will play 16th-seeded Northwestern State on Saturday. Now tied with Connecticut with eight national titles, Tennessee is seeking trophy No. 9. For more about the Lady Vols in the NCAAs, go here.

Chattanooga is a No. 11 seed for the second straight year and making a 12th appearance in the NCAA tournament after winning the Southern Conference title. The Mocs have won 25 straight games heading into Saturday’s first round game against sixth-seeded Syracuse in the Notre Dame regional. First-year head coach Jim Foster is taking his fourth women’s program to the NCAA tournament. The Mocs are seeking their second NCAA win. In 2004, they upset Rutgers in the first round. For more about Chattanooga in the NCAAs, go here.

The Skyhawks are making their fourth straight appearance in the NCAA tournament after winning the Ohio Valley Conference regular season and tournament championship. They are the 13th seed in the Stanford regional. UT Martin has won 17 of its last 18 games and is third in the country in scoring 84.6 points a game. The Skyhawks face fourth seed North Carolina in the first round on Sunday. Seniors Heather Butler, Jasmine Newsome and Megan White have been to the Big Dance each year of their careers, but they are seeking the program’s first NCAA tournament victory. For more about the Skyhawks in the NCAAs, go here.

Congratulations and good luck!