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Welcome back from a weekend jam-packed with Gators sports! It was a successful one on the gridiron for the football team, who tossed a shutout against the visiting Vanderbilt Commodores while the men’s tennis team had another champion crowned.
However, it was a tougher weekend for the volleyball, soccer and men’s golf teams, all of which were handed defeats over the past few days. Nonetheless, the Gator Nation trudges on for the pride of the Orange and Blue. Take a look at the weekend roundup below.
Ben Shelton just became the first Gator to win the singles title at the ITA All-American Championships!
— Gators Men's Tennis (@GatorsMTN) October 10, 2021
Sophomore Ben Shelton achieved what no other Gator has done before this weekend earning the first singles title in school history at the ITA All-American Championships. His historic run was highlighted by a perfect 12-0 sets record, with six victories over ranked opponents while his opponents won just 35 games in total.
Next up, Florida will host the ITA Regional tournament on Oct. 21 through Oct. 24 at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex.
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) October 10, 2021
The No. 17 football team earned a shutout win over the Vanderbilt Commodores, 42-0, on Saturday in what was a solid effort that still saw some deficiencies in the team. Take a look at our full coverage below.
— Gators Volleyball (@GatorsVB) October 10, 2021
The No. 20 volleyball team split a pair of road games with the LSU Tigers this weekend, earning a 3-1 win on Saturday before dropping the second game on Sunday by the same score. The Gators are now 11-6 on the season with a 5-2 mark in SEC play. Next up Florida returns home to host the Texas A&M Aggies on Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. EDT in the O’Connell Center.
Day ✌️ of @SEC Match Play ⤵️
We resume our match vs. Alabama at 10 a.m. ET followed by Round 3 later today
— Gators Golf (@GatorsGolf) October 11, 2021
The men’s golf team dropped its match on the opening day of the inaugural SEC Match Play Championship on Sunday to the South Carolina Gamecocks, 4-1, before teeing off its second round against the Alabama Crimson Tide before play was called due to darkness. The Gators return to the links for Day 2 at 10 a.m. EDT on Monday.
Jadyn Easley scores
18:59 🐯 Blythe Beldner (Skye Kingsley)
21:11 🐊 Taylor Baksay (Nicole Vernis, Delaney Tauzel)
65:23 🐊 Madison Alexander (Cece Price)
67:04 🐯 Easley (Kyla Johnson)
90:51 🐯 Jadyn Easley
— Gators Soccer (@GatorsSoccer) October 10, 2021
The soccer team dropped its third-straight game on Sunday, this time to the Missouri Tigers, who defeated them in double-overtime by a score of 3-2. The loss gives the Gators a 3-8-3 overall record along with a 2-3-1 mark in the SEC. Next Sunday, the squad hits the road to face the Auburn Tigers.
Around the Swamp
Florida’s throwback uniforms praised by ESPN among best for Week 6: The design is a tribute to the helmet that the team wore from 1969-78.
Here are all of Florida football’s 2022 recruits ranked in order: The Gators are almost certainly not done recruiting from the class of 2022.
Here is CBS Sports’ grade for Florida’s Week 6 performance: Florida got back in the win column on Saturday after a heartbreaking defeat on the road.
SEC Week 6 Results: Down goes Alabama, Florida shuts out Vanderbilt: Jimbo Fisher became the first of Nick Saban’s former assistants to beat him on Saturday.
Where Florida stands in the AP Poll after beating Vanderbilt: Poor play along the way has the Gators staying put at No. 20 in this week’s AP Top 25.
Vandy win makes little difference in latest USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll: The Vanderbilt win didn’t do much for Florida in the Coaches Poll.
It's great to be a Florida Gator!
— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) October 10, 2021