UF roundup: Soccer team starts SEC tourney play


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Florida faces No. 17 Texas A&M in SEC Tournament: Florida opens Southeastern Conference Tournament play with the final match of Tuesday’s quarterfinal action, facing No. 17 Texas A&M at 8:30 p.m. ET at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Alabama.

Florida is the SEC Tournament’s No. 5 seed and TAMU is the No. 4 seed. Texas A&M is the eighth match versus a top-20 opponent for Florida in 2019.

Two Gators are on the 2019 All-SEC first team – Julia Lester and Parker Roberts. A pair of forwards – Vanessa Kara and Kit Loferski – appear on the All-SEC second team. Kouri Peace is part of the SEC All-Freshman team.

Women’s basketball

Gators to open season at Grambling State: University of Florida women’s basketball begins its 2019-20 season with a road test when it travels Grambling State Tuesday, Nov. 5 for a matchup with the Tigers of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Tipoff from Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center is slated for 7 p.m. ET as the teams meet for the first time.


Kramer wins SEC award: After helping Florida defeat No. 24 Missouri to stay atop the SEC standings, Rachael Kramer was honored by the league on Monday afternoon.

Kramer was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Against Missouri, the Phoenix, Ariz. native notched 12 kills and a .348 clip to help give Florida the five-set win over the Tigers.

The senior also averaged 1.20 blocks per set on five block assists and one block solo.

With those six blocks, Kramer moved into seventh place in program history with 430 total blocks, surpassing Kelsey Bowers (426).

Kramer also moved in fifth place in Florida program history with 386 block assists, passing both Kelsey Bowers and Heather Wright in the match.