Gators News: Six teams play on Friday, eight total active this weekend

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There was a bit of a lull there during the week but Gators sports return on Friday in full force as eight athletic teams gear up for competition this weekend. Women’s tennis, both cross country teams, softball, women’s basketball, and volleyball all compete today — the latter two also spill into the rest of the weekend — while the football team hits the gridiron on Saturday and the men’s basketball team takes to the parquet on Sunday.

There is plenty to preview, so strap in and get ready for a weekend chock-full-o the Orange and Blue.

Women's tennis

The women’s tennis team sends four of its student-athletes to the North Florida Invitational in Jacksonville this weekend. Alicia Dudeney, Sara Dahlstrom, Emma Shelton and Bente Spee will all make the short trip to compete for the Orange and Blue starting today.

Cross country

The men’s and women’s cross country teams are at it again on Friday, competing in the NCAA South Regional Championships in Huntsville, Alabama. The women get going first with a 6k race starting at 9:30 a.m. EST while the men embark on their first 10k race of the season at 10:30 a.m EST.

Women's basketball

The women’s basketball team is back in action this weekend for the Preseason WNIT held in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Gators’ tangle with the Towson Tigers tips off at 4:30 p.m. EST in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Then on Sunday, Florida faces a top-10 team in the North Carolina State Wolfpack at 2 p.m. EST; Monday has UF finishing up against the Wofford Bulldogs. You can stream the action using the following links: Youtube (Fri) | ACCN+ (Sun) | Youtube (Mon)

Softball

The softball team plays the second of its three intrasquad exhibitions on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. EST at Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium in Gainesville.

Volleyball

The No. 22 volleyball team returns to the court tonight to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks on the road in a key two-match SEC series. Friday’s game starts at 8 p.m. EST while Saturday’s first serve comes at 6 p.m. EST; both matches can be watched on the SEC Network+ and heard on ESPN 98.1 FM/850 AM.

Football

The football team looks to snap a three-game losing streak on Saturday against the Samford Bulldogs in the Swamp. Here is a look at our coverage of the game so far.

Men's basketball

The men’s basketball team returns to the court on Sunday against the top-20 ranked Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee. Florida’s first road test of the season will be a tough one but Mike White’s revamped roster has looked solid so far. The game can be watched on ESPN, livestreamed on the ESPN app or heard on the Gators Sports Network starting at 1 p.m. EST.

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