Gabby Sprang Meets Tennessee Legend

Gabby Sprang, 2017 left-handed pitcher committed to the University of Tennessee. Gabby was ranked No.9 in the Hot 100 2017 class. She plays for Georgia Impact 18U Premier-Lewis. Before committing to the Vols, Gabby received offers from Florida, Missouri, Kentucky, Minnesota, Louisville, and Arkansas. Gabby recounts her experience meeting Tennessee legend, Monica Abbott.

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On Friday, January 29th, I met one of the best pitchers in the world; Monica Abbott! I not only met her but was lucky enough to have a private lesson with her. My hitting instructors Penny and Roman Foore who coach Division 3 softball for Bethel University in Minnesota helped set up my lesson. Roman is an assistant coach with the professional fastpitch team Monica plays for, the Chicago Bandits. I was so excited to meet and have her work with me since we have so many things in common including: being a left-handed pitcher, playing for The University of Tennessee (where I have been verbally committed since 2013), and being over 6 feet tall.

During my recruiting process, while on my unofficial visits to UT, I noticed Monica’s retired jersey #7 hanging up in the clubhouse and her numerous records set and awards won while pitching for Tennessee from 2004-2007. It was apparent Monica was a legend. After I committed to play for the Lady Vols and co-head coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly, I was always asked by reporters, people, fans, and of course FloSoftball, “Have you met Monica Abbott?” I would say no and reply “I hope to while I am at Tennessee”.

I will be the first lefty pitcher since Monica graduated in 2007 to pitch at the University of Tennessee. It was an honor and a privilege to meet her and have her support in my journey. I know the challenge ahead is great and I am working hard to bring a National Championship to the University of Tennessee.

“Live 2 Bring It” –Monica Abbott

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