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2013 NCAA Volleyball Tournament play kicks off at the O'Dome Thursday at 5 p.m.

Wednesday December 4, 2013No. 5 Seed Gators Embark on NCAA Postseason Journey Thursday

2013 NCAA Volleyball Tournament play kicks off at the O'Dome Thursday at 5 p.m.

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

 

December 5 begins 2013 NCAA Volleyball Tournament play around the country, and all 64 teams are vying for a spot in the Final Four in Seattle when all is said and done. The Stephen C. O’Connell Center will play host to the NCAA First & Second Rounds December 5 & 6 as the No. 5 seed University of Florida, Jacksonville University, Georgia Southern University and Florida State University each embark on their respective postseason runs. The road to Seattle for the Gators, Dolphins, Eagles and Seminoles runs first through Gainesville, then on to Champaign, Ill., where the winner of the Gainesville Sub-Regional will be among the Sweet 16 Dec. 13 & 14.

 

For the Orange and Blue, Thursday will be the 21st time in the last 23 years the Gators will kick off NCAA Tournament play at home in Gainesville and UF is a staggering 45-6 when hosting NCAA action at home. Be sure to check GatorZone.com regarding parking information for Friday’s NCAA Second Round match.

 

While the Gators have clashed with 15 teams in the 2013 NCAA Tournament field this season – and played the third-toughest schedule this season – amassing a 17-3 record against the top-level competition, Florida has faced just one of the squads visiting Gainesville for First and Second Rounds: Sunshine State rival FSU. The Gators have never matched up with first-round opponent Jacksonville in the NCAA Tournament. The Dolphins are making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2004.

 

BROADCAST INFORMATION

December 5, 2013

5 p.m. -- Georgia Southern vs. FSU: LIVE STATS | LIVE (FREE) VIDEO

7 p.m. -- Jacksonville vs. Florida: LIVE STATS | LIVE (FREE) VIDEO | RADIO

 

December 6, 2013

7 p.m. -- Match 1 Winner vs. Match 2 Winner: LIVE STATS (TBD) | LIVE (FREE) VIDEO

 

SCOUTING THE GAINESVILLE SUB-REGIONAL TEAMS

JACKSONVILLE

·         2013 Overall Record: 30-3

·         2013 Conference Record: 16-2 A-Sun (2013 Atlantic Sun Champions)

·         Series Record: Florida leads, 16-0 (9-0 under Mary Wise)

·         Home: 9-0 | Away: 5-0 | Neutral: 2-0

·         Last Meeting: September 7, 2012 in Gainesville (UF 3, JU 0 | 25-18, 25-11, 25-11)

·         Last NCAA Tournament Meeting: The Gators & Dolphins have never met in the NCAA Tournament

 

GEORGIA SOUTHERN

·         2013 Overall Record: 28-5

·         2013 Conference Record: 13-3 SoCon (2013 SoCon Champions)

·         Series Record: Florida leads, 2-0 (2-0 under Mary Wise)

·         Home: 2-0 | Away: n/a | Neutral: n/a

·         Last Meeting: August 31, 2007 in Gainesville (UF 3, GSU 0 | 30-16, 30-25, 30-19)

·         Last NCAA Tournament Meeting: 2003 First Round (UF 3, GSU 0 | 30-18, 30-18, 30-21)

·         UF is 1-0 vs. GSU in the NCAA Tournament

 

FSU

·         2013 Overall Record: 24-7

·         2013 Conference Record: 17-3 ACC

·         Series Record: Florida leads, 36-17 (29-3 under Mary Wise)

·         Home: 21-4 | Away: 12-8 | Neutral: 3-5

·         Last Meeting: September 17, 2013 in Gainesville (UF 3, FSU 0 | 25-20, 26-24, 25-23)

·         Last NCAA Tournament Meeting: 2010 Second Round (UF 3, FSU 2 | 20-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 17-15)

·         UF is 2-0 vs. FSU in the NCAA Tournament

 

GATOR BITES: NCAA QUICK HITS

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

·         Gator head coach Mary Wise is undefeated in the NCAA First Round, going 16-0 since the expansion of the tournament to 64 teams in 1998

·         Florida’s No. 5 seed is its highest since being the No. 1 overall seed in 2010

·         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

·         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

·         The Orange and Blue nationally and in the SEC:

Ø  UF ranks in the top 10 in the country as a team in three categories

Ø  No. 2 in hitting percentage (.331) | No. 2 in SEC

Ø  No. 4 in kills per set (14.98) | No. 2 in SEC

Ø  No. 9 in win-loss pctg. (.900) | No. 2 in SEC

Ø  No. 12 in assists per set (13.63) | No. 2 in SEC

Ø  No. 16 in aces per set (1.65) | No. 1 in SEC

 

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