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KNOXVILLE (WBIR) - Lady Vols sophomore center Mercedes Russell will redshirt the 2014-15 season.

The team cites "a history of orthopedic problems with her feet."

Russell is 6-foot-6 and led the team with 40 blocks as a freshman in 2013-14.

She also led the Lady Vols in field goal percentage (59.6%).

The Springfield, Oregon native was one of the top high school recruits in her class.

'Redshirting this season will allow her the opportunity to return to full health and still have three full years of eligibility with our program," said Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick. "We look forward to seeing Mercedes back in action next season."

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