(ISN) – KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — — The Tennessee women’s basketball team will embark on its first international summer tour since 2003, when Holly Warlick’s squad travels to Italy in August 2015 to play three games during a nine-day excursion.
The Lady Vols will depart for Milan Aug. 5 and play games in Venice, Florence and Rome on Aug. 7, 8 and 11. During the trip, they’ll also broaden their cultural horizons by visiting several historic destinations. The UT travel party will see Venice and its famous canals, Florence and its Accademia Gallery, Pisa and its Leaning Tower, and Rome and its Colosseum and Vatican before departing Rome on Aug. 13 and heading back to Knoxville.
All 11 non-senior players on this year’s roster will be eligible to make the trip, as will Tennessee’s incoming 2015-16 freshmen, Te’a Cooper and MeMe Jackson.
Tennessee fans interested in making the trip can go to the Basketball Travelers Lady Vol Italy Tour reservations page.
The Lady Vols will be making their fifth international tour of playing exclusively-foreign competition. Tennessee first traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1987, where it went 1-4 from June 14-20 in the Mundialito de Basquete Feminino playing teams from Brazil, Argentina, Czechoslovakia and South Korea.
The program next made an in-season trip to London, England, in 1992 to play in the World Invitational Club Basketball Championships. UT posted a 2-1 mark vs. teams from Belarus, Denmark and Sweden from Jan. 2-5.
Tennessee made its first European summer tour in 1999, going 5-0 while playing teams from Belgium, France and Switzerland in the latter two countries from Aug. 15-22.
The Lady Vols returned to Europe in 2003, recording a 3-2 mark vs. clubs from Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and Italy while playing those games in the latter two countries from Aug. 10-16.
UT also has played in U.S. collegiate tournaments abroad at the 2002 San Juan Shootout in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, at the 2010 Paradise Jam in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands, from Nov. 25-27 and at the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas, on Nov. 28-29. UT’s records at those events were 3-0, 2-1 and 2-0, respectively.