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We are on the cusp of another college football weekend as the Gators hit the road to face the Wildcats in Kentucky. But the even bigger story is the full return of Florida sports over the next few days as seven programs participate in their respective competitions for the pride of the Orange and Blue. Here is a look at everything that is on tap.
Playing some tennis today 😍#GoGators
— Gators Women's Tennis (@GatorsWTN) October 1, 2021
The women’s tennis team kicks off the weekend at the Bedford Cup hosted by the South Florida Bulls in Tampa, Florida, starting at 9 a.m. EDT Friday morning. The tournament extends until Sunday with the same start time for each successive day.
Double the fun today 😄
Joe Piane Invitational
🏃♀️ 5k @ 10:30am
🏃♂️ 5-Mile @ 11:15am
— Gators Track and Field & Cross Country (@GatorsTF) October 1, 2021
The cross country teams also return to competition today, splitting the team to take part in both the Joe Piane Invitational hosted by the Notre Dame. Fighting Irish in South Bend, Indiana, and the UCF Invitational in Orlando, Florida hosted by the Central Florida Knights. The Gators are sending 27 total participants to the respective one-day events, with the former starting at 6 p.m. EDT for the men and 6:30 p.m. EDT for the women, while the latter has start times of 10:30 a.m. EDT and 11:15 a.m. EDT, respectively.
8️⃣ Gators are making the trip to Tulsa for the ITA All-American Championships starting tomorrow!#GoGators 🐊🎾
— Gators Men's Tennis (@GatorsMTN) September 30, 2021
The men’s tennis team sends eight of its players to the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which runs from Oct. 2 through Oct. 10. There will be around 400 singles players and 88 doubles teams at the tournament throughout the course of the nine-day event.
Swimming and diving
— Gators Swimming & Diving (@GatorsSwimDv) September 27, 2021
The No. 3 men’s and No. 12 women’s swimming and diving teams will hit the water this weekend at the FAU Invitational in Boca Raton, Florida, on Saturday. Events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. EDT.
— Gators Volleyball (@GatorsVB) September 30, 2021
The No. 22 volleyball team will host the Ole Miss Rebels in a back-to-back two-game series on Saturday and Sunday in the O’Connell Center. Tomorrow’s game is slated to start at 3 p.m. EDT while Sunday’s tangle begins at 1 p.m. EDT.
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) September 30, 2021
The No. 10 football team travels for its first SEC road game of the season against the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m. EDT. Here is a look at our coverage leading up to the weekend.
Finally, the soccer team returns to the pitch on Sunday to also host the Ole Miss Rebels at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. Play begins at 3 p.m. EDT and can be watched on the SEC Network and heard on GatorVision.
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It's great to be a Florida Gator!
— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) September 29, 2021