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Tuesday May 28, 2013Florida Volleyball Announces 2013 Schedule and Season Ticket Plans

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Two home regular-season tournaments, participation in the fourth year of the NIKE Volleyball Big Four Classic and 16 home matches highlight the 2013 University of Florida volleyball schedule.

 

The Gators, who are coming off the program’s 20th Southeastern Conference title and their 22nd consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, are the winningest program in the NCAA since 13-time SEC Coach of the Year Mary Wise’s arrival in 1991. Florida boasts the highest attendance in the SEC annually and has ranked in the top-12 in the NCAA in the last 10 seasons.

 

Season tickets are on sale now for only $35. The Country 103.7 Gator Gold Card is only $60 and grants admission to all regular season home Volleyball matches, Gymnastics meets and Women’s Basketball games.

 

A new option this year is the Platinum Card. For only $100, Gator fans gain a general admission pass into all regular season home Volleyball matches, Gymnastics meets, Women’s Basketball games and Baseball games. The pass is for general admission only and does not guarantee a fan a seat with potential standing room only at select events.

 

Gator fans can purchase season tickets, The Country 103.7 Gator Gold Card and the NEW Platinum Card via the Gator Ticket Office online or by calling 1-800-34Gator (1-800-344-2867).

 

The Gators open 2013 with the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational, Friday-Saturday, August 30-31. Florida hosts New Orleans, LIU-Brooklyn and Duke during its home opener and UF has won the Invitational in each year of its existence. UF has faced only Duke and New Orleans previously, owning an undefeated mark (3-0) against the Blue Devils in the friendly confines of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. This will be the Blackbirds’ first trip to the O’Dome but the Gators have defeated LIU Brooklyn twice previously.

 

Florida then hits the road for the Lone Star State, matching up against UT-San Antonio on Thursday, September 5. The Gators will then head to Austin for the fourth installment of the NIKE Volleyball Big Four Classic. The defending NCAA Champion Texas Longhorns host the 2013 version of the event, as the Gators face the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, September 7 and Penn State Sunday, September 8.

 

The Orange and Blue return home to host the Active Ankle Challenge, Friday-Saturday, September 13-14. Georgetown, Iona and Western Michigan make the trip to Gainesville that weekend. The Gators have only met Western Michigan in the program’s history, sweeping the Broncos in the O’Dome in 1999.

 

Florida then gears up for their biggest non-conference home matchup of the season as they renew their oldest non-conference rivalry against in-state foe Florida State. Tuesday, September 17 will mark the 53rd meeting between the two teams. The Gators are 35-17 all-time against the Seminoles and haven’t dropped a match at home against FSU during Wise’s tenure.

 

With the addition of an extra non-conference weekend, UF wraps up non-conference action with a trip to Milwaukee to compete in the Marquette Invitational, facing both the host Golden Eagles on Friday, September 20 as well as Wisconsin-Milwaukee the following Saturday.

 

SEC action begins the last weekend of September for the Orange and Blue as they head to the Magnolia State to take on Mississippi State on Friday, September 27 and Ole Miss on Sunday, September 29.

 

Florida briefly returns home for its SEC home opener against Texas A&M on Friday, October 4 before hitting the road to play the Alabama Crimson Tide on Sunday, October 6.

 

The Gators’ first full SEC home weekend comes Friday, October 11 and Sunday, October 13 as UF plays host to SEC East rivals Kentucky and Georgia, respectively. The Wildcats are coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012 as well as a runner-up finish in the SEC standings.

 

Florida hits the road once again to match up against the Arkansas Razorbacks on Friday, October 18 at Barnhill Arena. The last two trips to Fayetteville have been dramatic for the Orange and Blue, as the Gators have staged two five-set comebacks in the last two seasons to defeat the host Razorbacks. UF then travels to Columbia, Mo. to play the first of a home-and-home series against Missouri on Sunday, October 20. The Gators swept the Tigers in both meetings last year.

 

Auburn and Tennessee then travel to Gainesville for the last weekend in October, as the Gators will meet up with the Tigers only once in 2013 on Friday, October 25. The following Sunday marks the opener of a home-and-home series against the Lady Volunteers, the lone team to defeat the Gators in conference play a year ago.

 

UF hits the road for its final full weekend of conference travel to face the LSU Tigers and the Texas A&M Aggies Friday and Sunday, November 1 and 3. These matches bookend a 10-day bye for the Orange and Blue as Florida will stand idle until Wednesday, November 13 for a mid-week matchup with South Carolina that will potentially air as part of ESPNU’s Wednesday Night Women’s Volleyball package.

 

In its last full home weekend, the Gators host Mizzou and Alabama in the O’Connell Center, Friday and Sunday, November 15 and 17. Florida hits the road for another mid-week match with ESPNU potential as the Orange and Blue travel to SEC East rival Tennessee on Wednesday, November 20.

 

Florida’s final home match will serve as the Gators’ Senior Night, as the Orange and Blue will honor AVCA First Team All-American and 2012 SEC Player of the Year Chloe Mann (Gainesville, Fla.) and two-time AVCA Honorable Mention All-American setter Taylor Brauneis (Crystal Lake, Ill.) on Friday, November 22nd.

 

The Gators’ final regular season contest of 2013 will be in Lexington, as Florida travels to Memorial Coliseum to take on the Kentucky Wildcats for their second meeting of the season. Slated for Wednesday, November 27, this match should also be highlighted on ESPNU’s Wednesday Night Women’s Volleyball.

 

For all of the latest information on Florida volleyball, please log on to www.GatorZone.com/Volleyball or, for up-to-the-minute updates, follow Florida volleyball on Twitter at @GatorZoneVB or www.twitter.com/GatorZoneVB and Coach Mary Wise on Twitter at @GatorMary or www.twitter.com/GatorMary. You can also find the Gators on Facebook.

 

2013 Florida Volleyball Schedule

CAMPUS USA CREDIT UNION INVITATIONAL

Friday, Aug. 30

Duke vs. LIU-Brooklyn

 

vs. New Orleans

 

New Orleans vs. Duke

 

vs. LIU-Brooklyn

Saturday, Aug. 31

LIU-Brooklyn vs. New Orleans

 

vs. Duke

 

Thurs., Sept. 5

UT-San Antonio

NIKE BIG 4

Saturday, Sept. 7

vs. Stanford

Sunday, Sept. 8

vs. Penn State

ACTIVE ANKLE CHALLENGE

Friday, Sept. 13

Western Michigan vs. Iona 

 

vs. Georgetown

Saturday, Sept. 14

Georgetown vs. Western Michigan

 

vs. Iona

 

Iona vs. Georgetown

 

vs. Western Michigan

 

Tuesday, Sept. 17

FSU

MARQUETTE INVITATIONAL

Friday, Sept. 20

vs. Marquette

Saturday, Sept. 21

vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee

 

Friday, Sept. 27

@ Mississippi State

Sunday, Sept. 29

@ Ole Miss

Friday, Oct. 4

Texas A&M

Sunday, Oct. 6

@ Alabama

Friday, Oct. 11

Kentucky

Sunday, Oct. 13

Georgia

Friday, Oct. 18

@ Arkansas

Sunday, Oct. 20

@ Missouri

Friday, Oct. 25

Auburn

Sunday, Oct. 27

Tennessee

Friday, Nov. 1

@ LSU

Sunday, Nov. 3

@ Texas A&M

Wednesday, Nov. 13

South Carolina

Friday, Nov. 15

Missouri

Sunday, Nov. 17

Alabama

Wednesday, Nov. 20

@ Tennessee

Friday, Nov. 22

LSU

Wednesday, Nov. 27

@ Kentucky

 

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