Roundup: No. 7 UF soccer visits Mizzou


Published: Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 12:09 a.m.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — No. 7 Florida soccer continues SEC road action at Missouri today. This is Florida's first visit to Columbia to meet the Tigers in conference play.

The match can be seen on ESPNU (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable channel 251 or 1251) at 2 p.m.

This is the third match against a top-20 team for Missouri (5-5, 1-1 SEC) this season, as the Tigers lost 3-2 at then No.17 Portland on Sept. 15 and lost 2-1 to then No. 9 Baylor in College Station, Texas. The Tigers opened SEC play with a 3-1 win at Starkville, Miss., on Sept. 20 and lost 1-0 to Georgia on Friday.

"Sunday's match is going to be hard,” said UF coach Becky Burleigh, whose team enters 8-1-1, 2-0 SEC. ”Missouri belies their record. They are always really hard to play against — 100 miles per hour, high pressure — we've got to be on top of our game in order to be ready for that."

VOLLEYBALL: No. 3 Florida (12-1, 1-0 SEC) stays in the Magnolia State and travels north to Oxford to take on Ole Miss (10-3, 0-1) at 2:30 p.m. today. Florida is 42-3 all-time and 36-0 under coach Mary Wise against the Rebels.

UF opened SEC play with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-11) sweep of Mississippi State on Friday evening.

Florida was led by sophomore outside hitters Gabby Mallette and Živa Recek, who both turned in double-digit kills against MSU. Mallette led all hitters with a match-high 11 kills, while Recek tallied 10 kills to go along with nine digs for a near-double-double.

SWIMMING & DIVING: The Florida men's and women's teams responded from a slow morning to sweep all 14 swimming events and 15 of 16 events overall on the second day of the Pinch A Penny All Florida Invitational.

Sophomores Corey Main and Sinead Russell each won the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle to lead their respective teams. The Gators witnessed a dramatic improvement in times from the morning to the evening sessions, which resulted in eight NCAA provisional cuts, giving the Gators 14 NCAA B cuts through two days.

Both Gator teams are in first place. The women lead second-place Florida State 730-534. The men lead second-place FSU 841-658.

“Tonight, after I talked about the corrections that they needed to make, we were very enthusiastic and aggressive with our swims,” UF coach Gregg Troy said. “Outstanding performances and lots of doubles, but the problem is that they have to understand that you have to do this in the morning because that is how the end of the year is structured. The purpose of this meet was to learn about the end of the year, so hopefully we learned a lot from today."

Today’s events at the O’Connell center begin at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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