Jackson Sisters Lead Lady Vols to National Championship Games

Mallory Cooke

Three sisters from Jackson lead the Lady Volunteers in the national championship at the Women’s College World Series.

Ivy, Ellen, and Anna Renfroe, who all played in high school at Trinity Christian Academy, will take center stage Monday night at the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

“It's fun to sit at home and just to watch them compete,” said Robert Craft, head softball coach at Trinity Christian Academy.

Craft coached all three sisters from sixth grade to senior year. “They just continued to get better and better and better each year,” he said.

Ivy, a senior, and Ellen, a junior, both pitch for the Lady Vols. Anna, a freshman, is a utility infielder.

“I knew that they would go far, but getting to watch them play in the Women's College World Championship game, that just blows my mind how much they've come in so little time,” said Amanda Bond, a former teammate.

Bond played softball with Ellen and Anna. “Whenever we were playing with them I always knew they had that specialness about them,” said Bond. “They were determined, always worked hard.”

Former teammates and Craft agree the Renfroe sisters are special. “They were just great kids and they're great young ladies now, and they are where they are because you know of who they are,” said Craft.

The Lady Vols take on Oklahoma Monday night in game one of a three game series. The game starts at 7:00 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN2.


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