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Weekend Review: Gators go undefeated in volleyball and soccer, men's XC wins

Florida had a very successful weekend while its football team was doing nothing.


The Weekend Review, which runs down what did Florida's non-football, non-men's basketball games on a given weekend, is running Mondays or Tuesdays or something.

Volleyball sweeps Active Ankle Challenge

Florida volleyball's three tilts against Georgetown, Iona, and Western Michigan over the weekend produced three wins in just 10 sets.

The Gators swept Georgetown (racking up 42 kills and losing 38 points) and Iona (53 kills to 49 points dropped), and dropped a 30-28 third set to the Broncos (76 kills), helping them move up to No. 4 nationally in advance of Tuesday's showdown with No. 17 Florida State.

That match, at 6 p.m. Tuesday night, is likely to be a classic, if the 'Noles can meet the Gators' intensity, and if you're in Gainesville: GO TO IT. If you're not in Gainesville, the game's on GatorVision, and I'll be there, tweeting up a storm.

Men's cross country Mountain Dew Invitational

Florida's cross country teams hosted the Mountain Dew Invitational on Saturday. The men ran away with the title, while the women finished third with a depleted lineup.

Jimmy Clark won the men's 8K at the Dew Invite, pacing a Gators team that placed three runners in the top four, four runners in the top eight, and five runners in the top 20. Florida scored 33 points, trouncing second-place Auburn (50 points) and third-place Tennessee (55 points) in a very strong second showing of the 2013 season.

Florida's women put four runners in the top 18 of the women's 6K, but just two in the top 13, and posted 76 points, enough for a comfortable third-place finish, but behind the 71 points scored by both Tennessee and Auburn. Agata Strausa finished second for Florida, and Julie Macedo ran her Florida-best to finish sixth. Florida was missing Cory McGee, Stephanie Strasser, and Shelby Hayes, though, so a third-place finish isn't all that bad.

Soccer tops Minnesota, ties USF

Florida's soccer went undefeated over its two weekend matches, but got a lot more out of its Friday win over Minnesota than its Sunday tie with USF.

The Gators got two second-half goals from Savannah Jordan to top the previously undefeated Gophers on Friday, but needed a second-half score from Havana Solaun to equalize against USF, and couldn't break through after that, finishing with a 1-1 tie after double overtime that frustrated Florida coach Becky Burleigh.

Florida moved to 6-1-1 on the season with its 1-0-1 weekend.

Women's tennis plays well at Fab Four Invite

Florida's women's tennis team has question marks entering this season. But after a stellar performance on the weekend at the Duke Fab Four Invitational, there are some answers, too.

Senior Olivia Janowicz and freshman Belinda Woolcock won the doubles portion of the tournament, senior Sofie Oyen advanced to the singles final in her draw, Janowicz won third in her singles draw, and freshman Kourtney Keegan took fifth in singles in her draw with a superb Sunday win, and Woolcock took fifth in her singles draw.

If Florida is likely to take a step back without Lauren Embree and Caroline Hitimana, it seems far less likely that the step back will be big given this weekend's start; Janowicz stepping up as a strong No. 2 player behind Oyen would be huge, and Florida putting together a No. 1 doubles team in a matter of days (Janowicz and Woolcock had never played together prior to this weekend) bodes well for its chances of winning doubles points, as the Gators are deep enough to be really competitive in No. 2 and No. 3 doubles all season.

Men's golf brings up rear in debut

Florida's men's golf team hung back at the Olympia Fields Invitational. That's a kind way of saying it struggled.

Junior J.D. Tomlinson finished tied for 29th at 11-over for the tournament, and shot an even-par 70 on Sunday, but he was Florida's only player to finish higher than 50th, and the Gators shot no rounds lower than 295 en route to a 14th-place finish at 65-over. Florida beat 15th-place Northwestern by one stroke, and finished 54 shots back of tournament winner Alabama.

On the bright side, there's still nowhere to go but up for these Gators.


Andy Hutchins is Alligator Army's managing editor. Follow Alligator Army on Twitter and Facebook.