Florida Gators volleyball starts season with tough road trip

Special report on the Florida Gators volleyball team:

LINCOLN, Neb. – The No. 7 Florida Gators volleyball team opens up the 2018 season at the VERT Challenge in Lincoln, Neb.

Florida faces No. 2 Nebraska on Friday at 7 p.m. EST in a rematch of the 2017 national championship match, then takes on the 2016 national runner-up – No. 3 Texas – on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. EST.


Gators in the Preseason

Florida debuted as No. 7 in the Preseason AVCA Top-25 poll, the 27th consecutive year that the program has been ranked in the Top-15 to begin a season. The streak of 27 years is the third longest in the nation, behind just Stanford and Nebraska.

The Gators – who won their 23rd SEC title last season – were voted to finish second in the SEC Preseason Coaches Poll, behind Kentucky. Junior Rachael Kramer was a preseason All-SEC selection.

These two matches are the first of four Florida will play against teams who garnered a preseason ranking. The next Top-10 matchup comes on Aug. 31, when the Gators open the home portion of their schedule with No. 10 Southern California.

The Gators return three starters to the court in 2018 – Paige Hammons, Rachael Kramer and Allie Monserez – as well as seven other members of the 2017 squad. Florida also brings seven fresh faces to the 2018 team with six freshmen and one transfer.


No. 7 Florida at No. 2 Nebraska Broadcast Information
Time & Date: 
Friday, Aug. 24 | 7 p.m. EST
Live Stream: 
Live Stats: 
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Series Information – No. 7 Florida at No. 2 Nebraska
Cornhuskers | 2017 season synopsis: 32-4 overall, 19-1 Big Ten | National Champions

  • This is the 13th meeting between the Gators and the Cornhuskers
  • Florida trials: 3-9
  • 3-set: 0-4 | 4-set: 0-3 | 5-set: 3-2
  • Home: 2-1 | Away: 0-3 | Neutral: 1-5
  • Last Time Out: Dec. 16, 2017 | Kansas City, Mo. | L, 1-3 (22-25, 17-25, 25-18, 16-25) | National Championship Match

No. 7 Florida vs. No. 3 Texas Broadcast Information
Time & Date: 
Saturday, Aug. 25 | 4:30 p.m. EST
Live Stream: 
Live Stats: 
ESPN 98.1FM/850AM


Series Information – No. 7 Florida vs. No. 3 Texas
Longhorns | 2017 season synopsis: 27-3 overall, 16-0 Big 12 | NCAA Regional Finalist

  • This is the 25th meeting between the Gators and the Longhorns
  • Florida leads: 15-9
  • 3-set: 3-4 | 4-set: 4-3 | 5-set: 8-2
  • Home: 7-4 | Away: 6-4 | Neutral: 2-1
  • Last Time Out: Aug. 25, 2017 | Gainesville, Fla. | W, 3-1 (25-16, 25-23, 18-25, 25-21)

2018 Ticket Information

Single-match and season tickets are still available for the 15 home matches this season. The Gators face four NCAA qualifiers in Exactech Arena – USC, Louisville, Missouri and LSU). 


TICKET INFORMATION Gator Ticket Office Online | Call: 352-375-4683 x6800 (Open M-F, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

Season Ticket Prices:

  • Reserved (Sections 09*, 11*, 13*, 15*, 23, 25, 27, 29) – $50 [all ages]
  • General Admission (All other lower bowl areas) – $35 [ages 13 and up]
  • Courtside Season Pass (subject to availability) – $150 [all ages]
  • Loge Seating (subject to availability) [in front of the Sideline Club] – $75 [all ages]

Single-Match Ticket Prices:

  • Reserved (Sections 09*, 11*, 13*, 15*, 23, 25, 27, 29) | $6 [all ages]
  • General Admission (All other lower bowl areas) | $4 [ages 13 and up] / FREE [ages 12 and under]
  • Student General Admission – FREE [with valid Gator1 ID]

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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.