Weekend wrap: volleyball, men's and women's basketball
Several Gator teams were in action this past weekend. Here is a wrapup of how they fared:
The No. 17 volleyball team fell one win short of advancing to the NCAA Final Four after losing in four sets (22-25, 25-23, 14-25, 20-25) to No. 3-seed Illinois Saturday night at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. With the win, Illinois advanced to the Final Four for the third time in school history.
The Gators finished the season 27-6, having advanced to the regional final for the first time since 2005.
Senior All-American Kelly Murphy earned the 30th triple-double of her career with 13 kills, 21 assists and a match-high 17 digs. Senior Kristy Jaeckel had her 10th double-double of the season with 19 kills and 11 digs, and a team-high 19.5 points.
Murphy ranks seventh all-time in sets played (447), eighth in kills (1,306), eighth in assists (2,671), 10th in service aces (126) and 10th in points (1,567.5). Jaeckel is now fifth all-time in attacks (3, 405), seventh in kills (1,331), ninth in points (1,588.0) and 10th in block solos (58).
Junior guard Kenny Boynton rebounded from an abysmal shooting night against Arizona last Wednesday to score a game-high 26 points to help the Gators defeat Rider 90-69 in a neutral site game in Jacksonville. Boynton was two shy of his career-high.
Florida hit 13 three’s Friday night in 28 attempts. The three starting guards, Boynton, Bradley Beal and Erving Walker combined to go 12 of from the 3-point range.
Florida returns to action Saturday against Texas A&M, at 23:30 p.m., at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise.
The Florida women's team lost 78-73 to the University of the Pacific Friday night, finishing its West Coast swing 1-1 last week.
The Gators actually scored one more field goal than Pacific, but the Tigers hist 11-of-16 3-pointers and pulled down 20 offensive rebounds that they turned into 22 second-chance points, which proved to be too much for the Gators to overcome.
Jennifer George led the Gators with 14 points and 14 rebounds - her fourth double-double of the season.
The Gators now take a 12-day break from competition. Florida will host the annual Gator Holiday Classic, Dec. 20-21. Florida will play Charleston Southern on the first day at 7 p.m. after Duquesne and Maine play in the first game of the tournament at 4:30 p.m. The teams with the same result play on Dec. 21, with the Gator game at 7 p.m. and the non-Gator game scheduled for 4:30 p.m.