Overall No. 2-seeded Florida, which advanced to its 24th NCAA Regional Volleyball Semifinal with wins over Alabama State and Miami last week, welcomes 15th-seeded UCLA, 10th-seeded Southern California and seventh-seeded Minnesota to Gainesville on Friday and Saturday.
Florida (27-1) plays UCLA (21-10) in the first match at 4 p.m. Friday at the O’Connell Center. USC (24-9) plays Minnesota (28-5) at 6 p.m. The winners meet at 6 p.m. Saturday for a berth in the national semifinals in Kansas City. ESPNU will televise the matches.
General admission tickets are on sale now. Reserved seating tickets are available exclusively to 2017 Florida volleyball season ticket holders until Tuesday at 9 a.m., after which the general public can purchase any remaining tickets at the Gator Ticket Office (375-4683), located between Gates 1 and 2 of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Gators earn big win on road at Oklahoma
NORMAN, Okla. — Senior Dyandria Anderson scored a career-high 29 points, Delicia Washington posted a double-double and presented first-year Florida head coach Cameron Newbauer with his first signature victory after a resounding 80-61 win at Oklahoma at Lloyd Noble Center Sunday afternoon.
The Gators, who did their part in representing the league at the week-long Big12-SEC Challenge, handed the Sooners their largest non-conference home loss since 2004.
Anderson scored 17 of her game- and career-high 29 points during the first half when she hit 4-of-5 3-pointers and led Florida to a 33-23 lead, eventually converting 6-of-7 from long range in addition to 8-of-11 overall and 7-of-9 from the free-throw line.
Washington finished with 11 points and a career-best 15 rebounds for her second double-double of her career, which does not include the triple-double she posted earlier this season.
Funda Nakkasoglu posted 24 points, as she and Anderson took turns from beyond the arc with the Gator junior converting 4-of-9 from deep and 6-of-7 from the line. It was her 32nd career game scoring in the 20s.