Gators News: A mostly winning weekend for seven Florida sports

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Yet another uninspiring performance by the football team this weekend deflated what would otherwise be a rather triumphant few days for Florida sports. Despite the gridiron guys nearly losing to a significantly inferior opponent, five of the other six programs in action found some level of success since last Friday.

The women’s tennis team captured some wins before closing shop for the winter, the cross country teams fared well in their competitions, the softball team pounded its opponent in its final fall exhibition, the volleyball team swept the weekend series and the men’s basketball team beat FSU for the first time in eight years. However, the women’s basketball team lost its two games but has a chance to redeem itself tonight.

Here is the weekend wrapup from around the Swamp.

Women's tennis

The women’s tennis team wrapped up its fall season at the UNF Invitational in Jacksonville after a successful showing at the tournament. Sophomore Sara Dahlstrom notched a perfect 3-0 record while freshman Alicia Dudeney added a victory on Sunday. The squad returns to action on Jan. 13, 2022, for the Freeman Memorial in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Cross country

The women’s cross country team saw two of its own post All-Region performances en route to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA South Regionals competition on Friday. Meanwhile, the men finished at No. 8 with freshman Ethan Geiger leading the squad with a 38th-place run. Next on the agenda is the NCAA Cross Country Selection Show, which will air this Saturday on NCAA.com.

Women's basketball

The women’s basketball team had a busy weekend in the Preseason NIT Classic but unfortunately did not find quite the success of its sister programs. On Friday, the squad lost to the Towson Tigers, 87-70, while dropping its second match on Sunday to the top-5 North Carolina State Wolfpack, 85-52. The Gators get one last chance to score a W today against the Wofford Terriers in tournament play, with tipoff slated for 4:30 p.m. EST; the game will be broadcast on YouTube.

Softball

The softball team wrapped up its exhibition season on Sunday by outscoring Florida State 17-4 (13-3 & 4-1) over 10 innings at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The Gators will embark on their 2022 campaign starting on Feb. 5, 2022, against the Illinois State Redbirds in the USF Tournament.

Volleyball

The No. 22 volleyball team continued its winning ways on the road against the Arkansas Razorbacks, scoring a pair of back-to-back wins over its SEC foe to sweep the weekend series. Florida firmly took Friday night’s match, 3-0, while the Hogs gave the Gators a run for their money in the second game on Saturday, which UF eked out, 3-2.

Now riding a six-match winning streak, UF returns home on Wednesday to host the Auburn Tigers starting at 7 p.m. EDT.

Football

The football team escaped what would have been a historic debacle when it rallied in the second half of Saturday afternoon’s game against the FCS Samford Bulldogs, 70-52. Take a look below at our coverage of the game.

Men's basketball

The men’s basketball snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Florida State Seminoles (No. 19 Coaches, No. 20 AP) that dates back to 2013 on Sunday, 71-55. Take a look at our coverage from the game below.

Around the Swamp

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