TAMPA - The Florida volleyball team lost its first match of the season, falling to Washington 25-17, 25-10 and 25-19 Saturday in the Tampa Twice tournament at the USF Sun Dome.
The Gators (6-1) were led for the fourth consecutive match by sophomore outside hitter Colleen Ward, who had a team-high seven kills and two blocks.
Washington is 8-0, sweeping every match.
"Our goal is to get back to work and to narrow that gap so that the next time we play a team as talented as Washington, we will be in the match," Florida coach Mary Wise said.
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speed skating:J.R. Celski will compete for the Olympic team for Vancouver despite an injury during a 500-meter semifinal heat at the U.S. short track championships in Marquette, Mich. Celski hit the boards and a skate blade appeared to cut his left leg. He was undergoing surgery Saturday night to determine the extent of his injury. In the final, Apolo Anton Ohno edged Jeff Simon to win in 41.928
track: With Usain Bolt skipping the race, Tyson Gay beat Asafa Powell in the 100 meters at the World Athletics Final, finishing in 9.88 seconds in Thessaloniki, Greece. Bolt plans to race the 200 today.
horses:Swift Temper upset 1-5 favorite Seventh Street by 1-3/4 lengths to win the $300,000 Ruffian Handicap for fillies and mares at Belmont Park. ... Mastery won the $835,000 English St. Leger in Doncaster, passing Kite Wood in the final stages to take British racing's oldest classic by three-quarters of a length.
boxing: Light welterweight Frankie Gomez, the only American in the world championship finals, lost 8-2 to Cuban Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo in Milan.
basketball: Turkey remained undefeated at the European championship with a 63-60 victory over a Spanish team led by NBA stars Pau Gasol and Rudy Fernandez. Serbia beat host Poland 77-72.
cycling:Italian Francesco Chicchi won the sixth stage of the Tour of Missouri. American David Zabriskie leads.