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The No. 5 seed Gators will play host to Jacksonville in NCAA Tournament First Round action Thursday at 7 p.m.

Sunday December 1, 2013Gators are No. 5 Overall Seed in NCAA Tournament, Will Host NCAA First & Second Rounds Dec. 5-6

The No. 5 seed Gators will play host to Jacksonville in NCAA Tournament First Round action Thursday at 7 p.m.

Gainesville Sub-Regional Central | 2013 Interactive Bracket | NCAA Volleyball Championship Central

 

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- For the 23rd consecutive season, the University of Florida volleyball team is going dancing after picking up the No. 5 overall seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, announced on Sunday evening in front of a national television audience on ESPNU. The Gators will play host to Jacksonville (30-3), Georgia Southern (28-5) and FSU (24-7) in the NCAA First & Second Rounds in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5-6.

 

FSU and Georgia Southern will kick off NCAA action in Gainesville with a 5 p.m. match-up Thursday before the Gators and Jacksonville University Dolphins clash at 7 p.m. in the O’Dome.

 

Ticket Information | Gainesville First & Second Rounds

Tickets for the NCAA First & Second Rounds in Gainesville will go on sale at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning (Dec. 2) online and at the Gator Ticket Office, located between Gates 1 & 2 of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

 

All-Session: $10.00 for Adults, $6 for students & senior citizens; $5 children 12 & under.

Single-Session: $7 Adults; $5 for students & senior citizens; $4 children 12 & under.

 

First Round Matches | Thursday, Dec. 5

Match 1 (Georgia Southern vs. FSU) – 5 PM

Match 2 (Jacksonville vs. Florida) – 7 PM

 

Second Round Match | Friday, Dec. 6, 7 PM (winners of Match 1 & Match 2)

 

For the Gators, the No. 5 seed marks their highest since being the No. 1 overall seed in 2010, and the Orange and Blue will play host to the 2013 Atlantic Sun Champions in Jacksonville (30-3), 2013 SoCon Champions Georgia Southern (28-5) and Sunshine State rival FSU (24-7) in NCAA First & Second Round action at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Florida is 17-3 this season against the NCAA Tournament field, including a 3-0 sweep over the Seminoles, a potential second-round opponent, Sept. 17 in Gainesville.

 

A league-record eight SEC teams made the 2013 tournament field, including the No. 4 overall seed Missouri, Texas A&M, Georgia, LSU, Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama and the Gators. In addition to UF’s seven conference foes, eight additional 2013 Florida opponents made the NCAA Tournament: LIU-Brooklyn, Duke, UT-San Antonio, No. 7 seed Stanford, No. 2 seed Penn State, FSU, Marquette and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Two of Florida’s three losses in the regular season came to Missouri in conference play, while the Gators fell to Penn State early in the season Sept. 8.

 

Florida’s 2013 opening-round bid marks the 21st time in the last 23 years that the Gators have played host to opening-round contests, and the Gators are 45-6 when hosting NCAA action in Gainesville. The four Gainesville sub-regional participants are vying for a berth in the Champaign, Ill., regional which will take place Dec. 13-14 at the State Farm Center.

 

Mary’s Minute

“We expected, with our successes this season, to be a top-16 seed, but there is nothing like seeing your name printed on the bracket with the No. 5 accompanying it – it made it that much more exciting. It means that we’re playing at home Thursday night. It means our seniors get another opportunity to play in front of our home fans and we hope that Gator fans, with no other Gator sports playing at home this weekend, can all join us starting Thursday night in the O’Connell Center.”

 

NCAA Tournament Notables

·         No. 5 seed Florida is 17-3 this season against the 2013 NCAA Tournament Field

·         The Gators have made 20 Regional Semifinals in school history

·         Florida had made seven Final Four appearances

·         The Gators’ 2013 NCAA Tournament appearance is its 23rd consecutive and 24th in Florida history

·         Florida head coach Mary Wise is 57-22 (.722) all-time in the NCAA Tournament, with all postseason appearances occurring at the University of Florida

·         The Gators are 58-23 (.716) all-time in the NCAA Tournament

·         In 2012, the Gators went 2-1 in NCAA Tournament play and made it to the Regional Semifinal before falling short to eventual National Champion and No. 3 Seed Texas

·         Florida played for the National Championship in 2003 and last reached a NCAA Regional Final in 2011

·         The 2013 NCAA Volleyball Final Four is slated for December 19 (National Semifinal) & 21 (National Championship) in Seattle, Wash., and will be hosted by the Seattle Sports Commission and the University of Washington at KeyArena, located at the foot of Seattle’s Space Needle

·         Florida enters the NCAA Tournament having notched its 23rd straight 25-win season (27-3, 16-2 SEC), as the Gators finished the 2013 conference slate second in the league standings behind undefeated Missouri

 

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