Roundup: Soccer kicks off SEC Tourney vs. Missouri


Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:18 p.m.

No. 17 Gators open

SEC Tournament play

Florida gets into SEC Tournament action Wednesday in Orange Beach, Alabama, against a very familiar opponent: Missouri in the quarterfinal round. The match is set for 8:30 p.m. and will be carried live on the SEC Network.

The No. 17 Gators (13-4, 8-3 SEC) defeated Missouri 1-0 in the regular-season finale last Thursday to earn the tourney's fourth seed. The 1-0 win was Florida's seventh shutout this season, with six in the last eight matches. The Tigers enter as the fifth seed at 11-6-1, 6-4-1.

Florida has advanced to the SEC Tournament each year of the program's history, winning 11 titles including the 2015 crown.

Wednesday's winner will play the winner from No. 8 Texas A&M vs. No. 1 South Carolina in Friday afternoon's semifinal. Wednesday's other quarterfinal match-ups: No. 7 Tennessee vs. No. 2 Auburn and No. 6 Vanderbilt vs. No. 3 Arkansas. The title match is set for 4 p.m. Sunday.

VOLLEYBALL

No. 6 Gators play

at Georgia Wednesday

ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 6 Florida volleyball team, up three spots from last week and up one spot to No. 7 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings, takes its eight-match winning streak to Georgia (13-10, 1-9 SEC) Wednesday. First serve is scheduled for 9 p.m. and television coverage on ESPNU.

This will be the 10th true road match of the season for the Gators (20-2, 10-1), who enter the week tied for sixth nationally in road wins (nine). A win would also move the Gators into sole possession of first place in the conference standings, as fellow league leaders Kentucky and Missouri are idle until Friday.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Gators picked No. 20

in AP Preseason Poll

The Florida women's basketball team checked in at the No. 20 spot in The Associated Press' Preseason Poll which was released Tuesday.

The Gators are coming off a 22-win season, a fourth-place finish in the SEC and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

While Florida has received votes in national preseason polls multiple times in the program's history, this is just the seventh time in the Top 25 at the beginning of the year since the 2001-02 season, when the team opened at No 12 in the USA Today ranking and No. 13 in the Associated Press poll.

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