The Florida volleyball team looks to rebound after their second loss of the season when they host the Auburn Tigers in the O'Connell Center tonight at 7:00 pm.
The Gators are 18-2 on the season and 7-1 in the SEC. The Tigers, however, are 12-7 on the year, 3-4 in the SEC, but come into tonight's match on a three game winning streak.
Florida is coming off a road loss to the SEC's top team the Missouri Tigers. UF head coach Mary Wise says the team had a very productive week of practice, and is looking forward to seeing those improvements in tonight's game.
“Very productive. Great focus and great production, as one would expect with this senior leadership,” said Wise. “We've shown video on plays that we left out there. Plays that Missouri did better than us, and where we can get better. The team took the perfect response. These were the plays that we did not execute. How do we make those changes? How do we get better? And then put all that focus towards that.”
Despite dropping their first game in conference play, Gators sophomore Simone Antwi still believes UF is the team to beat in the SEC.
“Good teams suffer losses. I think it's part of the growing experience of a team. I still think we're the team to beat,” said Antwi.
Mary Wise said her team is fully focused on Auburn, regardless of their opponents overall record. The Gators have never been one to look too far ahead, always taking one game at a time. When asked about Auburn's team, Wise said she expects a hard fought match.
“What has made them so good in the past is how hard they play,” said Wise. ” They have been for the past several years one of the better defensive teams in the league, and mainly because they play so hard.”
Freshman Alex Holston may need to play a big role tonight for the Gators to get out with a win. When asked about Holston's early contribution to the team, junior setter Taylor Brauneis said Holston plays with more confidence than expected.
“Alex is funny, because she turned to me during the Mizzou match and said, 'set me the ball', and I'm like 'Okay, freshman'. I was surprised by that, but also, she wants the ball.”
Florida and Auburn both look to take a step for ward in the conference tonight. All the action can be heard on ESPN 850 WRUF.
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