Thursday August 8, 2013Gator Volleyball Notebook - August 8, 2013
The Florida volleyball team got its 2013 preseason camp underway on Wednesday evening, as all players reported to campus and enjoyed their annual team dinner at the home of head coach Mary Wise, with coaches, support staff and their families also in attendance.
The Gators will participate in a number of administrative events on Thursday, such as receiving their new gear and taking team photos. Florida’s first practice is Friday and two-a-day practices will commence on Saturday, as most days until the start of school will feature a morning session and an afternoon session.
Florida was picked to win the 2013 SEC volleyball title in a preseason vote announced Thursday and return five starters from a year ago, including SEC Player of the Year and AVCA First Team All-American Chloe Mann (Gainesville, Fla.) and AVCA National Freshman of the Year Živa Recek (Kočevje, Slovenia).
In total, the Gators have 11 returners to the 15-player roster and welcome four newcomers to the Orange and Blue, including early enrollee Denise Belcher (Apopka, Fla.), two-time Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year Alex Holston (Olney, Md.), Canadian Junior National Team member Shaïnah Joseph (Ottawa, Ontario) and Maryland transfer Mackenzie Dagostino (Tampa, Fla.), the 2012 Andi Collins National Setter of the Year.
The Gators start the season with their annual Campus USA Credit Union Invitational. Florida hosts New Orleans, LIU-Brooklyn and Duke in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Friday-Saturday, Aug. 30-31.
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