UF announces volleyball schedule

UF volleyball coach Mary Wise announced her team's 2012 schedule on Thursday.

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Published: Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 7:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 7:31 p.m.

Two home regular-season tournaments, participation in the third year of the NIKE Volleyball Big Four Classic and 17 home matches highlight the 2012 Florida volleyball schedule, announced on Thursday by head coach Mary Wise.

"The non-conference schedule will give us the opportunity to prepare for the SEC,” Wise said. “The addition of Texas A&M and Missouri will make our league race that much tougher."

The Gators go on the road to participate in the third annual NIKE Volleyball Big Four Classic, hosted by Penn State Aug. 31-Sept. 1.

Florida faces 2011 NCAA Final Four participant Texas at 4:30 p.m. ET on Friday before stepping up against 2011 NCAA participant Stanford Cardinal at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday.

The Gators host the Slovenian Junior National Team in a Labor Day exhibition match on Sept. 3 before hitting the road to face 2011 Final Four participant Florida State on Sept. 5.

Florida, whose Southeastern Conference schedule was released earlier this spring, hosts two fall tournaments for the second consecutive year.

Florida returns eight letter-winners from a year ago, including 2011 starters middle blocker and Eastside alum Chloe Mann, middle blocker Betsy Smith, libero Taylor Unroe and right-side hitter Tangerine Wiggs.

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