Gators News: Florida sports in full gear this weekend

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Folks, the big weekend is finally here! After a few weeks of sparse action, the fall season officially begins today as we have five teams to report on heading into the weekend.

The soccer team struggled against superior competition last night while the men’s tennis team starts off its season this morning and the volleyball kicks off a two-game set tonight. Then tomorrow, the cross country team also gets started on its fall campaign. And of course, who can forget that the football team has a date in Tampa with an in-state foe. Here is what’s on tap for the first big weekend for Gators sports.

Soccer

The soccer team fell to the No. 2 North Carolina Tar Heels last night, 7-1, in a game that was delay by lightning. The loss drops the Gators to 1-5-1 on the season. Next up is a trip to Vanderbilt next Friday, with the opening draw scheduled for 8 p.m. EDT.

Volleyball

https://twitter.com/GatorsVB/status/1436298412140363782 The No. 7 volleyball team hosts the No. 17 Baylor Bears tonight and tomorrow for a two-game set between the top-25 teams. First serve on Friday is slated for 8 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast on the SEC Network while Saturday's tangle starts at 7 p.m. EDT and can be seen on the SEC Network+; both can be heard on ESPN 98.1 FM/850 AM.

Men's tennis

https://twitter.com/GatorsMTN/status/1436298779901284358 The men's tennis team opens its schedule today at home, welcoming the North Carolina State Wolfpack, Central Florida Knights and fellow SEC-foe South Carolina Gamecocks to the Gator Fall Invite for a weekend tournament from Friday to Sunday. First serve was initially scheduled for 10:30 a.m. EDT but has since been pushed back until 11 a.m. EDT.

Football

https://twitter.com/GatorsFB/status/1435966497499746308 The No. 13 football team is back in action this weekend, this time on the road in Tampa against the South Florida Bulls. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. EDT at Raymond James Stadium and will be broadcast on ABC Sports or heard on the Gators Sports Network.

Cross country

https://twitter.com/GatorsTF/status/1434927519652851713 The cross county team also kicks off its fall season at home with the annual Mountain Dew Invitational at the Mark Bostick Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 11. The men will compete in a 6k race starting at 7:55 a.m. EDT while the women will run in a 4k race beginning at 8:30 a.m EDT.; this will be the first time either team runs a 6k or 4k in the meet.

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