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Friday, March 02, 2007

After three straight weekends of large tournaments, each featuring several of the nation's elite teams, the intensity seems to be lower this weekend, with a bunch of smaller tournaments and head-to-head series.

Perhaps the best match-up of the weekend will occur as part of the Husky Classic in Seattle, as LSU, No. 6 and 7 in the two national polls, will take on its first ranked opponent in the University of Washington (No. 14 and 15). After LSU plays a pair vs. Portland State, the Tigers and Huskies will play three times (LSU schedule).

No. 1 Tennessee travels from Knoxville to Chattanooga for the Frost Classic, against what appear to be heavily overmatched opponents. As noted in the linked document, an individual milestone may occur during the event:

History could also be made in Chattanooga as Lady Vol senior pitcher Monica Abbott stands just two wins from breaking the NCAA Division I career victory mark of 151 held by former Southern Miss hurler Courtney Blades. The 6-3 lefthander enters the weekend with 150 triumphs in her three-plus years wearing the Orange & White after opening the 2007 season at a perfect 11-0.

To see what other leading squads are up to, take a look at the team-specific webpages in the right-hand column.