Gator Sports Excel

The faces of several of the Florida Gators successful sports programs met with the media on Monday to talk about their respective sports. Volleyball, Cross Country, Soccer, and Swimming and Diving were represented Monday and discussed what could be a banner year for Gator sports in general.

Volleyball and soccer have gotten off to a huge start so far this year both being undefeated and ranked in the top 10 in their respective sports. Here is a rundown from the four fall sports.


Mary Wise wasn't sure what she would get out of her young team early in the season. Wins over two top-10 teams weren't expected.

The Gators started their season with wins over No. 9 Iowa State and No. 2 Nebraska at the Runza/AVCA Showcase in Omaha, Neb. Lauren Bledsoe, Kelly Murphy and Callie Rivers were named to the All-Tournament Team.

The volleyball team opens their home schedule Friday against Albany at 12:30 p.m. and Bowling Green at 7:30 p.m. They will take on Colorado State Saturday at 4 p.m.

Wise talks about her team's quick start and why.

Volleyball --

Cross Country-

Head coach Todd Morgan and the Florida cross country team starts their season on September 18 when they host the 22nd annual Mountain Dew Invitational. The women were selected with every first-place vote in the SEC Coaches Preseason Poll, while the men were selected picked to finish third.

They will participate in three additional meets before competing in the SEC and NCAA Regional competitions.

Morgan talks about his exciting newcomers and what he has returning in this segment.

Cross Country -


The Florida soccer team is off to a hot start. They are 4-0 with wins over Miami, UCF, Florida Atlantic and San Diego State. The Gators have received goal scoring from multiple players, a characteristic head coach Becky Burleigh isn't surprised to see.

They host Jacksonville Friday at 7 p.m.

Burleigh talks about what makes her team a very hard opponent for anyone and why she really likes her squad.

Soccer -

Swimming & Diving-

Florida opens its season October 1-3 when it hosts the inaugural All-Florida Invitational. This summer, head coach Gregg Troy led Team USA men's squad to the top overall standings in the year's biggest international meet, the Pan-Pacific Championships.

At three of the biggest international meets of the summer, 13 Gators captured 19 gold medals, five silver medals and six bronze medals.

Troy understands the rigors of the SEC and is ready to defend a national championship and compete for another.

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