Florida Sports Roundup: Volleyball rolling in SEC play, women's golf off to hot start

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Florida is still playing sports that are not football. I know, you're shocked.

Let's run down what Florida athletic teams that aren't the 4-0 football team are doing.

Volleyball

Florida's volleyball team has compiled a 9-2 record so far, and is once again looking like the class of the SEC. The Gators took the No. 13 spot in the most recent AVCA poll and the No. 15 ranking in the latest Volleyball Magazine poll; their only two losses are to top-10 teams Stanford and Texas. Florida's 3-0 in the SEC, too, and the only other SEC team likely to be in the top 25 at any point in this season is Tennessee. This is setting up to be yet another SEC title run for Mary Wise's bunch, but, as always, her team will be judged on whether it succeeds in the NCAA Tournament.

Women's Golf

New Florida women's golf coach Emily Bastel inherited a talented team from former coach Jan Dowling. But Bastel may do more with it than Dowling did, if early returns are any indication: Florida won the 2012 Cougar Classic in Charleston, S.C., by six strokes over Duke in their season opener, as sophomore Camilla Hedberg won her first tournament as a Gator with three straight rounds in the 60s, and the Gators came in second to Arizona State at the Dale McNamara Invitational in Broken Arrow, Okla., as Isabelle Lendl earned her first win as a Gator. There hasn't been a poll since the beginning of the fall season, but Florida could certainly move up from No. 9 after beating No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 USC, No. 5 Duke and No. 6 North Carolina at the Cougar Classic and coming close to taking down No. 4 Arizona State in Oklahoma.

Men's Golf

The first men's golf tournament of the fall ended with Florida claiming a trophy: The Gators thrashed the field and the course at The Invitational at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C., winning by 24 strokes over the University of Texas at Arlington. The field at The Invitational wasn't great, but Florida placed four golfers in the top five individual finishers, with Tyler McCumber and T.J. Vogel tying for second and A.J. Crouch and Santiago Gavino tying for fourth. The men next tee it up on Sunday at the Illini Invitational.

Soccer

The Florida soccer team expected to be led by senior All-Americans Erika Tymrak and Kathryn Williamson. Instead, after a strong start to the season that included an unbeaten weekend in North Carolina against soccer blue-bloods UNC and Duke, the banged-up Gators have had to figure out how to scratch out wins without their stars. That didn't work against Florida State — the Gators lost 1-0 to the unanimous No. 1 team in the country in August — but Florida is 5-1-0 in September, with its only loss coming on the road to Kentucky. And with a 4-1 win last Sunday against Georgia without Tymrak, Florida may now know be learning how to score without its finest finisher.

Cross Country

Both Florida's men's and women's cross country teams are undefeated early in their 2012-13 seasons: the Gators gents and ladies both won the Western Carolina Invitational in August and beat the field at the Mountain Dew Invitation held on Florida's campus earlier this month. Both teams will run Saturday at the Saint Leo Invitational.

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