Head coach Mary Wise announced schedule on Thursday morning

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Florida Gators volleyball coach Mary Wise announced Thursday morning the 2021-2022 schedule for the program’s 38th season.

After a tough knockout in the NCAA regional final to No. 1 Wisconsin, the Gators look to find their footing once again and keep their momentum from a 21-4 overall record and a 19-3 SEC mark.

From California to North Carolina, the new schedule presents new faces and all too familiar SEC rivals. There will be 28 regular-season matchups with half of them in Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

The campaign begins with a trek through the Golden State of California to play four matches in a five-day span during the Sacramento State tournament. The opening matchup against San Francisco takes place on Aug. 27 followed by a game the next day against UC Davis.

Florida will tackle the challenge of taking on 2019 national champion, Stanford, in the same road trip on Aug. 31 but then make their way home for a matchup with the Minnesota Gophers the next week on Sept. 5.

The Gators continue their campaign play in Gainesville with a two-match series against the Baylor Bears on Sept. 10/11. Then in the following week, in-state rivals Florida State will host UF for a mid-week matchup on Sept. 15 then close out the non-conference play with a two-game matchup against Coastal Carolina that weekend.

As for the SEC matchups, the schedule will consist of 18 bouts where each member of their respected conference will play each other at least once and the order of opponents was determined through a random computer draw.

Conference play kicks off in Gainesville with a series against the Mississippi State Bulldogs on the weekend of Sept. 23/24 then faces arch-rival Georgia on the road for a single matchup on the 29.

The home finale for the Gators includes a two-game matchup against the South Carolina Gamecocks on Nov. 20/21 but not before a mid-week battle with the Auburn Tigers on Nov. 17.

The season will close with a road trip to Lexington so the Gators can take on the current national champion Kentucky Wildcats on Nov. 26/27.

Single match tickets will be available in August and it was announced on May 17 that the Florida athletic program will resume full in-person participation for all activities on campus, including stadiums and arenas.

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