Gators News: Whole parade of sports action for homecoming weekend

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The weekend is nearly upon us once again! This time around is a bit more special than usual as the university hosts its homecoming events for the football team’s matchup with Vanderbilt in the Swamp on Saturday. But the pigskin boys are not the only ones seeing action, as a few other sports programs are also slated to compete over the next few days. Here is what the Gator Nation has to look forward to this weekend.

READ: A complete primer for Florida’s 2021 homecoming events

Men's tennis

The men’s tennis team saw two of its student-athletes earn victories on Thursday at the ITA Men’s All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Senior Andy Andrade wrapped up play with a two-set win in the main singles consolation — his first win of the tournament — while sophomore Ben Shelton continues to roll along beating the third-ranked player to advance to the Round of 16. Shelton faces No. 24 Ronnie Hohmann of LSU today, who he defeated this summer in the M15 Weston tournament.

Women's tennis

Women’s tennis senior Marley Zein’s early autumn run has come to an end at the ITA Women’s All-American Championship in Charleston, South Carolina. After earning a spot to the main draw with a pair of qualifier wins, The No. 64-ranked Gator won the opening match on Wednesday but ultimately fell to No. 7 Irina Cantos Siemers of Ohio State late Wednesday and then No. 28 Chloe Beck of Duke in the consolation round to wrap up the tournament. Zein and teammate junior Carly Briggs will return to action next week for the ITA Regional Championships in Lake Nona, Florida.

Soccer

The soccer team returned to the pitch last night on the road against the No. 12 Tennessee Volunteers (11-1-0, 4-1-0 SEC) and fell to the Big Orange, 2-0, dropping the Gators to 2-2-1 in SEC competition and 3-7-3 overall. Next up for the squad is the Missouri Tigers who arrive in Gainesville on Sunday for the 13th Annual Gators Kickin’ for the Cure match, with first draw slated for 1 p.m. EDT. The match can be watched on the SEC Network+ and heard on GatorVision.

Football

This weekend is the football team’s homecoming game against the Vanderbilt Commodores, a school that Florida has played for its annual event more than any other. Here is a look at our full coverage so far of this weekend’s homecoming matchup.

Volleyball

The No. 20 volleyball team hits the road and heads to Baton Rouge for a two-match set on Saturday and Sunday against the LSU Tigers. Tomorrow’s match begins at 5 p.m. EDT on the SEC Network+ while Sunday’s tangle has its first serve scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT on the SEC Network.

Men's golf

The men’s golf team will embark on its SEC Match Play Championship journey at the Shoal Creek Golf Course in Birmingham, Alabama starting on Sunday extending into Tuesday. Further details have not been released at the time of publication.

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