Special to GC
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For the second consecutive year Southeastern Conference volleyball will see extensive coverage on national television — SEC Network and ESPNU will air 50 women’s volleyball matches. National coverage of both soccer and volleyball has quintupled since SEC Network’s launch last fall.
A total of nine Florida Gators volleyball matches this upcoming season will air live on SEC Network or ESPNU, with another batch of SEC Network + matches to be released at a later date. The University of Florida unveiled its competitive 2015 schedule in May. A business trip to Hawaii, an elite Florida-Nebraska-Oregon-Texas tournament in Austin, Texas, and matches against 10 NCAA Tourney teams from last season are just a few highlights of the 2015 University of Florida volleyball schedule.
Of the Gators’ 10 matches this season against 2014 NCAA Tournament teams, four will air on SEC Network: Kentucky (Sept. 27 & Oct. 18), at LSU (Nov. 20) and at Texas A&M (Nov. 22). UF will debut on national television with the home match against Kentucky Sunday, Sept. 27.
Florida debuts the 2015 campaign Aug. 29 with a two-match road trip to the northeast before the Gators head to Austin for a power tournament featuring Florida, Nebraska, Oregon and Texas, followed by the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge in Honolulu. In all, the Orange and Blue will play seven matches on the road before opening at home in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center with St. John’s Sept. 17. Florida volleyball season tickets, Gold and Platinum cards are now on sale.
2015 VOLLEYBALL TV SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS
- Wednesday Night Volleyball: beginning September 23, ESPNU will air 10 consecutive weeks of SEC Volleyball; SEC Network will also air a game on Wednesday nights creating a weekly doubleheader of SEC volleyball across national television networks
- A total of 40 volleyball games in 2015 will air on SEC Network (nine Gator matches)
- Another 10 volleyball games will air live on ESPNU (one Gator match)
|Florida Volleyball Appearances on SEC Network or ESPNU in 2015|
|Date||Time (ET)||Matchup||Airing on|
|Sun, Sept. 27||1 p.m.||Kentucky at Florida||SEC Network|
|Wed, Sept. 30||8 p.m.||Florida at Missouri||SEC Network|
|Sun, Oct. 4||4 p.m.||Florida at Arkansas||SEC Network|
|Sun, Oct. 11||3 p.m.||Auburn at Florida||SEC Network|
|Wed, Oct. 14||6 p.m.||Florida at Tennessee||ESPNU|
|Sun, Oct 18||1 p.m.||Florida at Kentucky||SEC Network|
|Fri, Oct. 23||7 p.m.||Arkansas at Florida||SEC Network|
|Fri, Nov. 20||6 p.m.||Florida at LSU||SEC Network|
|Sun, Nov. 22||2 p.m.||Florida at Texas A&M||SEC Network|
An additional slate of games, available on SEC Network + via WatchESPN, will be announced at a later date. The complete list of SEC volleyball and soccer action set to appear on The SEC Network or ESPNU can be found here.