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Wednesday at 8 p.m., the No. 7 Florida Gator volleyball team will play its 2019 home season opener against the 2018 national champion and No. 1-ranked Stanford Cardinal.

Both teams started the season 2-0. The Gators swept Louisville and came back against Dayton from two sets down. The Cardinal, on the other hand, managed to get through the College of Charleston and Duke without dropping a set.

As a result of their performances, the Gators moved from No. 10 to No. 7 in the AVCA Coaches poll this week.


The two storied programs have met on 11 different occasions, with Stanford edging the hosts overall with six wins. All 11 games have taken place with Mary Wise at the helm for the Gators.

The last time these two met was in 2017. The Gators defeated Stanford in five sets to make their way to the national championship game. Rachael Kramer had a positive night, registering eight kills and five blocks. Unfortunately for Florida, they would come up short against Nebraska in the end.

Since 1984, the Gators bolster a 30-5 record in home openers.

Gators Recognized for Early-Season Results

Three Gators were awarded SEC honors for their impact in the Cardinal Classic matches over the weekend.

Thayer Hall was named both Player of the Week and Offensive Player of the Week. Rachael Kramer was recognized as the Defensive Player of the Week, and Marlie Monserez was named Setter of the Week. This is the first time Monserez has received SEC honors in her career.

Hall had standout performances against Louisville and Dayton. Between the matches, she averaged 4.62 kills per set and 5.12 points per set. Against Dayton, she picked up a staggering 25 kills to lead both teams and to break her personal record.

Game Details

Florida and Stanford are scheduled to start at 8 p.m. in Exactech Arena. Courtney Lyle and Holly McPeak will have the call live on the SEC Network.

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