Monica Abbott

Monica Abbott

Former Tennessee softball player Monica Abbott winds up a pitch during a practice session as she gears up for the Tokyo Olympics for Team USA softball.

Tennessee softball legend Monica Abbott will compete at her second Olympic Games for Team USA this week in Tokyo, Japan, as softball returns to the Olympic program for the first time since 2008.

The six-team tournament will run through July 27 at Fukushima Azuma Stadium and Yokohama Stadium.

The former Lady Vol from Salinas, Cali. is one of three pitchers on the 15-player United States national team roster. The squad will look to claim Team USA’s fourth gold medal and fifth medal overall in the sport of softball.

The world No. 1-ranked Americans join No. 2 Japan, No. 3 Canada, No. 5 Mexico, No. 8 Australia and No. 9 Italy as the six countries represented at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic softball competition.

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