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UF soccer team welcomes Vanderbilt

Staff reports

Florida soccer's 12th Kicking for the Cure match starts today at 6 p.m. when the Gators face Vanderbilt.

The Orange and Blue kit takes a break as the Gators (1-1-1) wear pink to show their support for the fight against cancer while facing off against the Commodores (1-3).

Both teams enter today's match coming off 2-1 losses last Sunday. Florida leads the series 28-3-1 after last beating Vanderbilt 1-0 on Sept. 29, 2019. Admission is free but capped at 368 to ensure social distancing.

CROSS COUNTRY

That's two collegiate races and two top-10 finishes for Vasileia Spyrou after the Florida freshman took eighth and was the top freshman finisher at the Blazer Classic on Friday at Veterans Park in Hoover,  Ala.

Spyrou claimed another eighth-place finish two weeks ago at the FSU XC Invitational and led the way for Florida in Alabama with her time of 20:28.45 in the women's 6,000-meter race.

The women's team finished ninth with Payton Capes-Davis (51st, 21:50.30), Emily Culley (52nd, 21:54.90), Emily Jones (56th, 22:04.45) and Cheyenne Young (57th, 22:06.08) rounding out the top five behind Spyrou.

Trevor Foley led the way for the men's team, finishing 14th with a time of 24:02.21 in the 8k race. The men's team finished sixth, while Arkansas won both the men's and women's races.

The Gators are scheduled to compete in the SEC Championships on Oct. 30 in Baton Rouge, La., which will serve as the final cross country meet of the fall for UF.

VOLLEYBALL

In preparation for the highly anticipated return of Florida volleyball, the University Athletic Association has announced a reduced capacity plan and fan procedures for the upcoming season in Exactech Arena at the O'Connell Center. 

To comply with physical distancing requirements, Exactech Arena will host a limited percentage of its listed seating, putting the capacity at 2,500.

In accordance with campus guidelines, face coverings (over the nose and mouth) will be required for all fans throughout the entire game. This includes when fans are entering and exiting the arena. Fans may only remove face coverings while actively eating or drinking. Failure to comply with this important health guideline could result in loss of ticket privileges.

Tickets will be sold in pairs of two or four in a single-match format to comply with campus physical distancing guidelines. Those tickets can be purchased beginning Monday for 2020 Season Ticket Holders and Tuesday for the general public, online here or over the phone at 375-4683. 

Student Tickets will be available the week of home matches via a pre-registration process (similar to what has been done with Men's Basketball) via FloridaGators.com/Students.

Florida's home opener is slated for Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. against Alabama. The Gators will host three other home contests this fall: Oct. 31 vs. Alabama (3 p.m.), Nov. 20 vs. Georgia (7 p.m.) and Nov. 21 vs. Georgia (5 p.m.).

The Gators make their 2020 debut at Auburn on Wednesday at 8 p.m.