SEC rivals meet for spot in NCAA quarterfinals


Florida's Savannah Jordan (7) lines up to take a shot on goal during a game against Wisconsin in the second round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship

(Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun)
Published: Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 11:08 p.m.

It's a battle of SEC rivals in the Round of 16 of the NCAA Women's soccer tournament at Dizney Stadium at 2 p.m. today.

Auburn (16-6) and Florida (17-4-1) tangle for the right to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals next weekend at a designated campus site. The Women's College Cup is set for Dec. 2 & 4 at the Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California.

This is the 24th meeting between the schools, but the first the first in NCAA tournament action. The Tigers defeated the Gators 3-0 in Gainesville on Sept. 22.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children (12 and under), students and senior citizens. The first 200 UF students showing at Gator1 card are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the Dizney Stadium ticket windows beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Follow the stream of the match on ESPN3.

Women's basketball: Eleanna Christinaki scored 13 of her 21 points and Haley Lorenzen 10 of her 19 in the fourth quarter when No. 19 Florida rallied to beat Temple 83-76 in Ocala.

The Gators (3-0) trailed 56-49 after three quarters then shot 78.9 percent (15 of 19) in final period to overtake the Owls (2-1).

Ronni Williams added 18 points and Delicia Washington 10 points and nine rebounds for the Gators.

Feyonda Fitzgerald scored 19 points with nine assists with Donnaizha Fountain adding 15 points and Tanaya Atkinson 14 points and 13 rebounds for Temple.

Trailing by five, the Gators scored 14 straight points, including six apiece by Christinaki and Lorenzen to take a nine-point lead with 5:43 remaining. The Owls cut their deficit to five on Atkinson's basket with 1:14 to go but Christinaki answered with a jumper and free throw.

The game was held at the College of Central Florida as the Gators are playing their first 12 games on the road with their arena undergoing renovation.

— The Associated Press

Volleyball: The No. 5 Gators, who also moved up one spot to No. 5 in the latest NCAA RPI Rankings, enter today's 4 p.m. showdown at No. 25 Missouri, their third match against a ranked opponent, looking to strengthen their outright lead in the SEC standings.

Florida (24-2, 14-1 SEC) has not had any trouble winning highly profile matches on the road this season, as it entered the week as one of only five teams (Kansas, Nebraska, Utah, Wisconsin) with four true road wins against the current RPI Top 30. A win over Missouri (22-5, 13-2), ranked No. 14 in the RPI, would tie UF with Wisconsin for the national lead (five).

Florida also entered this week tied for third nationally in road wins (11), trailing only American's and Wisconsin's 12, as well as one of four teams (Coastal Carolina, Dayton, Western Kentucky) with an undefeated road record in at least 11 away matches.

In each of its last eight matches, UF has hit .350 or higher, marking its longest streak since 2003. Those 2003 Gators reached the NCAA Championship match. Defensively, UF has held 11 opponents under a .100 clip, which is the most times it has done that since 2006.

With a win would move UF within one win of clinching no less than a share of the program's 22nd SEC title.

Swimming and diving: Florida capped its appearance at the Georgia Tech Invitational with a pair of second-place finishes from the No. 9 men and No. 16 women. The men earned 1,252 points over the course of three days, and the women earned 922.5 points.

The Gators closed out Saturday with two more event wins to put their meet total at 12. Caeleb Dressel took first for the fourth time in the 100 free, touching in an A-cut 41.60. Along with Alabama's Luke Kaliszak, Dressel was the only swimmer to earn individual A-cut times at the invite, and he did it three separate times this weekend.

Jan Switkowski added his second individual title in the 200 fly, stopping the clock in a B-cut 1:43.42.

Although they finished second in the 400 free relay, the men's A-squad of Maxime Rooney, Mark Szaranek, Dressel and Switkowski earned another A-cut time, finishing in 2:51.10.

In the diving well, Florida competed on platform for the first time this season and didn't miss a beat. Teya Syskakis pulled in 23 points for the women off another second-place finish in which she scored 258.85 points, qualifying for zones.

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