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Abbott, Tennessee poised for WCWS run in 2007

Winter in Tennessee is hardly softball weather, but it is a fitting setting for Monica Abbott, who bucked conventional wisdom by trading in California dreaming for endless renditions of "Rocky Top."

Updated: February 6, 2007, 10:51 AM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- It's the middle of January in Knoxville, nearly a month before the Tennessee women's softball team plays its first game. It's cold enough that students are stuck between a saunter and a scurry as they move from class to class, but it's not nearly as frigid as it was during the softball team's recent attempt at an outdoor practice that left all involved shivering and dreaming of spring.

Winter in Tennessee hardly feels like softball weather, which makes it a fitting setting ...

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