Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

College Beat

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

College Beat

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FLORIDA

VOLLEYBALL

At the very least, Florida coach Mary Wise should get style

points for ingenuity.

The Gators were a day away from a big match last week with state

rival South Florida, and had to deal with more than just the

Bulls. The Dave Matthews Band had a concert scheduled at the Sun

Dome during the game, so Wise played the group's music over

loudspeakers during practice the day before the game.

15-2, 13-15, 15-5, 15-2. The match was played at The Corral, an

auxiliary gym connected to the Sun Dome. And the noise from the

packed gym actually muffled the sound of the band playing next

door.

The Gators play host to the SunTrust Invitational this weekend,

which includes 12th-ranked UCLA, Florida State and Ball State.

UF has been getting strong play from junior outside hitter Aury

Rodriguez, who led the team in kills in all but one match and

has a .303 hitting percentage.

UF's only loss was to Hawaii, which was ranked No. 1 at the time.

SOCCER

Another game, another big victory. The second season at UF is

continuing to bring impressive results.

The 20th-ranked Gators beat ninth-ranked Virginia 1-0 last

weekend in front of the second-largest soccer crowd ever at

Percy Beard Stadium (2,710). UF, which was without top player

Danielle Fotopoulos (ankle injury), got a goal from freshman

Sarah Yohe in the first half and played solid defense the rest

of the way.

It was the largest crowd to see a UF soccer game since the

inaugural game against FSU was played in front of more than

4,400 fans.

QUICK HITS

The cross-country teams open their seasons Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

in the University Centre Hotel Invitational at the UF golf

course. The UF women have been NCAA at-large participants the

past two years. . . . There are still tickets remaining for the

Robin Roberts of ESPN is the featured speaker. Tickets are $25,

and can be bought at the UF ticket office. …

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