The 2018 Florida Gators will have high expectations despite losing much of the rotation that led them to last season’s national title game.

On Wednesday, the AVCA preseason poll was released and Florida will enter the season ranked #7.

This represents twenty-seven straight seasons that the Gators have opened in the Top-15 nationally. Only Nebraska and Stanford hold longer streaks.

Florida opens the season in the VERT Challenge with a rematch of the 2017 title match against Nebraska on August 24 and will then take on #3 Texas the next day.

Florida finished 2017 with a 30-2 record and earned a berth into the National Championship contest against the Corn Huskers, but fell 3-1. Head coach Mary Wise was named the 2017 AVCA National Coach of the Year, her third such honor.

Fans can get their first look at the 2018 team at Fan Day on August 18. Fans will be able to watch the annual scrimmage and engage with players afterwards.

*Information for this article provided by the UF Volleyball press release.

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