Florida Gators volleyball earns No. 8 overall seed

Special report on the Florida Gators volleyball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida volleyball team was awarded the No. 8 overall seed in the 2020-21 NCAA Tournament, as the Division I Women’s Volleyball Selection Committee revealed during Sunday’s selection show broadcast.

The Gators extend their streak to 30-consecutive NCAA appearances, the third-longest active streak in the nation (Penn State – 40, Nebraska – 39).

UF – who earned a Top-16 seed – is rewarded with a first-round bye and will take on the winner of Creighton/Morehead State on Thursday, April 15 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Florida finished the 2020-21 campaign with a 19-3 record in the SEC-only format, good for second overall in the league.

Last season, the Gators made their way to the program’s 26th Regional Semifinal – falling to No. 7 Minnesota in five sets.

More information on the tournament setup/Florida’s matchup can be found below.

This Year’s Tournament Setup

  *   Due to the COVID-10 pandemic, the 2020-21 NCAA Tournament field is made up of 48 teams (30 automatic qualifiers, 18 at-large bids)
  *   The Top-16 teams, including Florida at the eighth-seed, will receive a first-round bye
  *   The entirety of the tournament will take place from April 14-24 at the Chi Health Center Arena in Omaha, Neb., running from April 14-24
  *   The match breakdown can be found below:
     *   First Round – Wednesday, April 14
     *   Second Round – Thursday, April 15
     *   Regional Semifinals – Sunday, April 18
     *   Regional Finals – Monday, April 19
     *   National Semifinals – Thursday, April 22
     *   National Championship – Saturday, April 24
First & Second Rounds Schedule (all times Eastern)

  *   First Round Match | Wednesday, April 14
     *   Morehead State vs. Creighton – 3:30 p.m. ET
  *   Second Round Match | Thursday, April 15
     *   Florida vs. Winner of Creighton/Morehead State – 3:30 p.m. ET

  *   Florida Volleyball NCAA Tournament Record Book<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__floridagators.com_documents_2021_4_1_2020-5F21-5FFlorida-5FVolleyball-5FNCAA-5FTournament-5FRecord-5FBook.pdf-3Fid-3D31352&d=DwIFAg&c=sJ6xIWYx-zLMB3EPkvcnVg&r=o5LKAX7slotfFMyE71jI7L22NYBIi1-KbRGNSXudTPo&m=acDF2UfEiWF7fqPA-Z3EidGsistX7iKjUPsmKNX1RiU&s=nu_K_HQkH37rnINfuBJ05_bNJQrThRHgUsz-deKR79w&e= >
  *   2020-21 Florida Volleyball Media Supplement<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__floridagators.com_documents_2021_1_14_2020-5F21-5FMedia-5FSupplement.pdf-3Fid-3D30957&d=DwIFAg&c=sJ6xIWYx-zLMB3EPkvcnVg&r=o5LKAX7slotfFMyE71jI7L22NYBIi1-KbRGNSXudTPo&m=acDF2UfEiWF7fqPA-Z3EidGsistX7iKjUPsmKNX1RiU&s=QF3btj4kYqJOwBgS1yhPC0-y1b-GfN-39-h8gF2PRc4&e= >
  *   Interactive NCAA Tournament Bracket<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.ncaa.com_brackets_volleyball-2Dwomen_d1_2021&d=DwIFAg&c=sJ6xIWYx-zLMB3EPkvcnVg&r=o5LKAX7slotfFMyE71jI7L22NYBIi1-KbRGNSXudTPo&m=acDF2UfEiWF7fqPA-Z3EidGsistX7iKjUPsmKNX1RiU&s=Fts2BnwIdjOnRCdvls2xxN8jhzmJN1KtVbcdzpTq0NE&e= >
Florida’s NCAA Tournament Notables

  *   This is Florida’s 30th-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament – making the field every year under Mary Wise
     *   This is the third-longest active streak in the nation behind Penn State – 40 and Nebraska – 39
  *   Overall, UF has been in the NCAA Tournament 30 times since the program’s inception in 1984
  *   The Gators are (3-1) against the 2020-21 NCAA Tournament Field
  *   Florida has made 26 Regional Semifinals and 15 Regional Championships in program history
  *   UF is seeking its ninth all-time NCAA semifinals appearance, looking to make it back for the first time since 2017
  *   Florida head coach Mary Wise boasts a 74-29 (.718) all-time record in the NCAA Tournament, with all of her postseason appearances coming with the Gators
     *   Her 74 NCAA Tournament wins put her fifth in Division I history
  *   The Gators carry a 75-30 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament
  *   Florida is 26-4 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament
Scouting Florida’s Potential Second Round Opponents
Creighton | 12-3 overall, 7-1 BIG EAST

  *   Florida and Creighton have never faced off
  *   Notable: The Bluejays have appeared in nine-straight NCAA Tournaments and won this season’s BIG EAST Championship
Morehead State | 16-1 overall, 15-1 Ohio Valley Conference

  *   Florida and Morehead State have never faced off
  *   Notable: This is the first time since 2013 that the Eagles have earned the automatic NCAA berth

Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.