The Lady Vols' senior defensemen Ali Hall has soccer in her blood.
Hall's uncle and grandfather both played soccer for Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Hall says she remembers pretty much everybody in her family playing soccer.
"I've been playing soccer since I could walk," Hall said. "My dad played soccer; my whole family has played soccer. (My dad) is Honduran ... and all my uncles played so I just kind of started liking it."
Hall grew up in a small town 40 miles northwest of Chicago called Hawthorn Woods. She attended Adlai Stevenson High School, a few miles down the road in Lincolnshire, Ill. As a senior, Hall led her school to a section title along with all-section, all-state and all-conference honors.
Like many collegiate soccer players, Hall played club soccer along with her high school team. She was a part of Eclipse Select out of Chicago and surrounding areas. As a freshman in high school, Hall led her U17 team to a US Youth Soccer National Championship in 2005. Hall was also a part of two Region II championship teams and a state title team.
Hall said she knew she wanted to play collegiate soccer as soon as the option was presented to her.
"I just played (soccer), and somebody told me I was pretty decent at it and was like, 'Oh you can play D-1' and I said 'Oh what's that?'" said Hall. "Then I just started getting letters and I guess that was a gateway into deciding what to do."
In that pile of letters were a few that had the famous "Power T" on the front.
Hall said her eyes were drawn to the athletic facilities and the soccer complex at Tennessee.
"I mean just look at it. It's beautiful," said Hall. "It's the best facility in the country I would say. Between that, the atmosphere and the girls, it was an easy decision."
Hall said there are two people that have always been there for her, throughout her whole career: her parents.
"I can't even say my mom or my dad, they both are like my number one fans, and my grandpa who died was like my extra number one fan," said Hall. "They definitely pushed me through my hardest times in soccer."
Growing up, Hall said the player she looked up to the most was Michelle Akers, the former US Women's soccer star.
"She was just one of the most aggressive players and the best in the air and I just always looked up to her," said Hall.
When Hall is not playing soccer, she's playing with her puppy, which she calls her "little daughter," or studying for school.
Hall's favorite movies are "Finding Nemo" and "Titanic" and says she listens to any type of music. Before games, you could probably find her at Panera Bread because they have "all kinds of food."