Florida Gators volleyball scored a massive victory, the football team continues to struggle, and the cross country team traveled to Ole Miss for the SEC Preview Meet.
Florida Gators Volleyball: Five-Set Thriller Against Wisconsin
Previously, the volleyball team suffered narrow losses to top 15 opponents Stanford and Minnesota. Returning a few key points in every game the Gators could sit with an undefeated record. Florida volleyball brought it all together last Friday in a five-set thriller in front of 16,833 people in Wisconsin.
The crowd is a record for an NCAA volleyball game in the regular season, but the Gators weren’t intimidated. Florida came out and won the first set 25-21 and sailed into the second set for a 25-18 win.
The Gators nearly got the sweep and led 22-20 in the third before Wisconsin leveled. Florida Volleyball then had match point at 26-25 but couldn’t close the deal. The Badgers won the third set 28-26.
The fourth set was ugly and Wisconsin won the set 25-13.
The Gators regained their composure to win the fifth set 15-13.
Merritt Beason was Florida’s main focus on offense and Beason finished with 21 kills on 53 attempts. Gabbi Essex was also in double figures with 10 wins.
This follows Florida’s three-set victory earlier in the week against FSU and moves the Gators to 8-2 this season.
Florida Gators football: Close but no cigar against Tennessee
The frustrating season for the football team continued last Friday as the Gators peppered Tennessee with 14 shots, 10 of which were on target. Only one found its way to the back of the net, however, and the Gators fell to the Volunteers 2-1 and fell to 2-6 on the season.
Tennessee’s first goal came on a shot from the top of 18 that found the top corner.
The second goal was on a penalty that was nearly saved, but eluded Gators goaltender Alexa Goldberg.
Florida scored their only goal from a Maddy Pirrello corner kick.
Florida Gators Cross Country: Second at SEC Preview Meet (over two teams)
Sports media people have a tough job sometimes. When your job is to be a cheerleader for your program, no matter what, sometimes you have to get creative.
So when the Florida cross country team went to Ole Miss for the SEC Preview Meet and the main line from the Gators media department said the Gators came in second, you’d think “Wow, excellent work”.
Except it was a double competition and there were only two teams.
To be fair to Florida, they haven’t managed any of their best guys or gals yet. Parker Valby, All-American in the 5K during track season, being one of them.
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