Home / Gator Volleyball / Gator Volleyball Welcomes Tulsa In NCAA Tourney Friday

Gator Volleyball Welcomes Tulsa In NCAA Tourney Friday

The Florida volleyball team (25-4, 19-1 SEC) opens NCAA Tournament play Friday when it hosts the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes (26-9, 14-2 C-USA). The Gators and Golden Hurricanes will play the second match of the Gainesville sub-regional, as College of Charleston and Miami (FL) battle it out in the first round matchup.

Florida and Tulsa meet up for the first time ever on Friday. Despite the new found challenge, Florida junior middle blocker and SEC Player of the Year Chloe Mann says the tournament is all about unknown battles.

One thing Florida does know about the Golden Hurricanes is the play of their outside hitter Tyler Henderson, one of the most dangerous offensive weapons in the game. Gator head coach Mary Wise says that Henderson stands out right away.

Despite the tough matchup in the first round, the Gators have experience on their side. The Gators are undefeated in the first round of the tourney under Wise, going 14-0 since the expansion of the tournament to 64 teams in 1998.

But Wise says that the only reason this team is even in the tournament this year is because young players stepped up.

One of those young players is SEC Freshman of the Year Ziva Recek, who says this is a tough team that helped get her the award, and that they will battle anybody on the other side of the net.

If Florida advances, they will take on the winner of Miami/College of Charleston match for the right to go to regional action in Austin, Texas.

You can catch both games right here on ESPN Radio 850/900 with coverage starting at 7:20 on Friday and Saturday (if Gators advance).

 

 

About Corey Brooks

Check Also

LIVE THREAD: National Signing Day

Here’s an updated thread of all the recruits who picked the Gator hat today! RB …

AFC Divisional Round Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers

During last weekend’s NFL Wild Card round, the Steelers made a statement by handing the Dolphins a …

Houston Looking For an Upset in Foxborough

The saying has always been “it’s hard to beat a good team twice,” and in …

Blue Jackets vs. Lightning Tonight

The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Tampa Bay Lightning will be facing each other once …

Possible Additions to McElwain’s Recruiting Class Visiting this Weekend

With National Signing Day less than three weeks away, the Gators are hosting several talented …

Florida Gymnastics Prepares for Season Opener

GAINESVILLE, FL – The Florida Gator gymnastics team will kick off their season this Sunday …

Surprised Gators Promote Randy Shannon To Defensive Coordinator? You Shouldn’t Be

Florida’s head coach, Jim McElwain, announced Friday morning that Randy Shannon would be making the …

Quarterbacks in Spotlight for NFL Wild Card Weekend

The NFL Wild Card kicks off Saturday and the quarterback situations could not be any more different. On …

College Football Playoff Shakes Up Schedule

The College Football Playoff was a success in its first year. Yet, that doesn’t stop …

Michael Jordan Speaks out about Shootings, Police Officers

NBA great Michael Jordan opened up about his thoughts about shootings of African-Americans and the …

Treon Harris to Transfer

With the college football season approaching, the Florida Gators have announced that former starting QB …

USA Basketball Wins Second Exhibition Game

Just a few short days after their big win over Argentina, team USA won its …

Charlotte Is No Longer The Home Of The 2017 NBA All-Star Game

The House Bill 2 came between Charlotte, North Carolina and the 2017 All-Star Game. The …

Tampa Bay Rays Continue Series Against Oakland

The Tampa Bay Rays are continuing their three-game winning streak. The Rays defeated the Oakland …

MLB Preview Tonight

It’s summer time—the best time to go to a baseball game and experience the atmosphere. …

Braves Begin Series With Rockies

The Atlanta Braves (33-62) open up a four-game road series with the Rockies (43-51) tonight …

Marlins To Close Out Series With The Phillies

The Miami Marlins are in the middle of a crucial ten game span against NL East …

Rays Crush Rockies 11-3, Face A’s Next

In the midst of a terrible season that has seen the Tampa Bay Rays (37-57) …

American League Second Half Outlook

The second half of the baseball season is in full swing which translates to? Pennant races. Teams …

National League Evening Preview

Tonight is a busy night for the National League in the MLB. Starting with the …

Big 12 Looks To Expand

Following a Tuesday meeting between Big 12 presidents, Oklahoma president David Boren announced that the …

LSU Looks To Capitalize On Its Opportunity

The Louisiana State University Tigers will enter the 2016 college football season with high expectations, …

Muschamp Helps Close Out SEC Media Days 2016

It wasn’t Will Muschamps first SEC Media Days experience, but 2016 marked the first time …

Phil Mickelson Leads British Open After First Day

The 145th annual 2016 British Open is underway at Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland. The …

Missouri’s Football Crisis: Rebuilding A Program

On the final day of SEC Media Days, Barry Odom took the stand as Missouri’s head …

Second Half Of MLB Season Begins

The All-Star Break is a good time for teams to rest up and reform themselves …

British Open Underway

The 145th Open Championship is already underway at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland. Welcome …

SEC Football Roundup: Week Eight

What Happened This Week in the SEC? Five SEC teams (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, …