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The No. 11 Florida Gators are set to host the Honda of Gainesville Gator Invitational this Friday and Saturday. The teams involved this year include James Madison, Long Beach State and South Florida.

A Look at the Teams

Florida is the only ranked team participating in the invitational.

South Florida has a 3-3 record on the season, with wins against UAB, Ball State and North Florida. They’ve lost to Florida Gulf Coast, Auburn and Miami.

Long Beach State has a 2-4 overall record. They have wins against UNC Asheville and Southern University. They’ve lost to Georgia Tech, Texas State, Georgia and UCLA.

James Madison has a 3-3 record, with wins against Stony Brook, Furman and High Point. They’ve lost to Washington State, Iowa and Kennesaw State.


The only team the Gators have a negative record against is Long Beach State at 4-6. Otherwise, the Gators are 28-3 against USF and 1-0 against James Madison.

Tournament Schedule


The first match takes place Friday at 10 a.m. between James Madison and Long Beach State. Next. the Gators face USF at noon.

Long Beach and USF will play at 5, then, to wrap up the day, Florida will face James Madison at 7.


The following day, USF and James Madison will play at 2, and the Gators will face Long Beach at 5.

A Tough Few Games

After starting the season 2-0 with wins over No. 25 Louisville and Dayton, the Gators have lost their last two games. The first came against No. 1 Stanford at home. That ended in a sweep for the guests. Then, the Gators traveled to Minneapolis to face No. 8 Minnesota. That, too, ended in a sweep.

Team Leaders

Thayer Hall has been the go-to Gator this season. She leads the team in kills with 56. The next-highest kills tally belongs to Paige Hammons and Holly Carlton at 28.

On the defensive side of things, Rachael Kramer leads the team in blocks with 16. Darrielle King has 13, and Carlton has 10.

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