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Florida volleyball team continues play in the NCAA Tournament tonight



The No. 1 Florida volleyball team opens play in its 19th NCAA Regional Semifinal in the last 20 years tonight against Purdue in Austin, Texas.

Opening serve is 6 p.m. ET. The match will be carried live on Sun Sports.

The Gators (29-1) are riding a 24-match winning streak and are the tournament’s No. 1 seed for the first time in program history. Florida has been ranked No. 1 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll for a school-record eight consecutive weeks and has boasted the nation’s top Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) the entire season.

Florida advanced to the NCAA regional semifinals with a 3-0 victory against South Carolina State in the NCAA First Round and a come-from-behind five-set win against intra-state rival Florida State in the NCAA Second Round. The Gators are making their 21st all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament and hold a 53-20 mark all-time in NCAA play.

“When you play any team that’s coming out of the Big Ten, you’re playing a team that’s battle-tested,” Florida head coach Mary Wise said. “This Purdue team, in particular, is big and physical in the back row and they are jet-fast and great ball-handlers in the back row. For us to be successful, we are going to have to play our best match of the year.”

[Last modified: Friday, December 10, 2010 5:52pm]


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