Florida Gators women's volleyball
|Florida Gators women's volleyball|
|University||University of Florida|
|Head Coach||Mary Wise (21st year)|
|Colors||Blue and Orange
|AIAW and NCAA Tournament Runner Up|
|AIAW and NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003|
|AIAW and NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012|
The Florida Gators women's volleyball team represents the University of Florida in the sport of volleyball. The Gators compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Gators play their home matches in the O'Connell Center on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus, and are currently led by head coach Mary Wise.
The University of Florida's athletic department, the University Athletic Association, authorized the first intercollegiate varsity women's volleyball team to begin play in the fall of 1984. Marilyn McReavy was the Gators' first head coach, and she led the Gators volleyball team for seven seasons from 1984 to 1990. McReavy's Gators compiled an overall win-loss record of 156–100 (.609), and an Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 26–20 (.565). Her best SEC finish was second place in 1988, and her 1987 team was the only one that qualified for the NCAA tournament. McReavy resigned after a 15–16 performance in 1990.
In 1993, Wise became the first Division I female head coach to guide her team to more than one final four. In 1996, the Gators made their trip to their third final four in five years, losing to Hawaiʻi in the semifinals. Wise was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I National Coach of the Year.
In 2002, Florida made their first final four appearance since 1998, defeating Temple in the Sweet 16 and Penn State in the Elite Eight, before falling to eventual national champion Southern California in the semifinals.
After being 0-for-6 in previous NCAA Final Four semifinals, Florida broke through in 2003, by defeating Hawaii in the semis, 30-28, 30-28, 23-30, 30-28. Appearing in their first NCAA title match in school history, the Gators lost to undefeated Southern California in four sets, 25-30, 30-27, 30-19, 30-26. Wise became the first Division I female coach to coach in a championship match. In addition, Florida set a then-NCAA record of 105 straight games won during the 2003 season.
|Florida Gators (Southeastern Conference) (1984–present)|
|1987||Marilyn McReavy||37-6||5-2||3rd||NCAA Second Round|
|1991||Mary Wise||35-5||13-1||1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|1992||Mary Wise||34-2||14-0||1st||NCAA Final Four|
|1993||Mary Wise||33-4||14-0||1st||NCAA Final Four|
|1994||Mary Wise||28-6||13-1||1st||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|1995||Mary Wise||35-2||14-0||1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|1996||Mary Wise||37-2||14-0||1st||NCAA Final Four|
|1997||Mary Wise||34-4||14-0||1st||NCAA Final Four|
|1998||Mary Wise||35-3||14-0||1st||NCAA Final Four|
|1999||Mary Wise||33-3||14-0||1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|2000||Mary Wise||29-5||14-0||1st||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|2001||Mary Wise||28-2||14-0||1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|2002||Mary Wise||34-3||16-0||1st||NCAA Final Four|
|2003||Mary Wise||36-2||16-0||1st||NCAA Runners-Up|
|2004||Mary Wise||28-5||15-1||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|2005||Mary Wise||33-3||15-1||1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|2006||Mary Wise||30-3||19-1||1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|2007||Mary Wise||29-3||19-1||1st||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|2008||Mary Wise||27-4||18-2||1st||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|2009||Mary Wise||23-6||16-4||3rd||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|2010||Mary Wise||27-1||20-0||1st||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|2011||Mary Wise||27-6||17-3||2nd||NCAA Regional Final|
|2012||Mary Wise||27-5||19-1||1st||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
American Volleyball Coaches Association
Florida has 28 AVCA All-America selections, 10th all-time in NCAA Division I, and 12 First Team selections, tied for 10th all-time.
- Mary Wise, National Coach of the Year: 1992, 1996
- Kelly Murphy, National Freshman of the Year: 2008
Player of the Week
Seven players have earned eight AVCA Division I National Player of the Week award:
- Aycan Gokberk (Sept. 11, 1995 and Oct. 30, 1995)
- Nina Foster (Sept. 1, 1997)
- Jenny Manz (Sept. 7, 1998)
- Heather Wright (Nov. 23, 1998)
- Nicole McCray (Sept. 4, 2000)
- Elyse Cusack (Nov. 6, 2006)
- Kelly Murphy (Sept. 30, 2008)
- Florida Gators
- History of the University of Florida
- List of University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame members
- List of University of Florida Olympians
- University Athletic Association
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2007); NCAA Championship Women's Volleyball Program, p. 48
- 1996 AVCA Coach of the Year
- 1997 Roster
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2007); NCAA Championship Women's Volleyball Program, p. 50
- AVCA All-American history
- "Elyse Cusack: National Player of the Week" AVCA.
- "Kelly Murphy: National Player of the Week" AVCA.
- GatorSports.com – Florida Gators sports news from The Gainesville Sun.
- GatorZone.com – Official webpage of the Florida Gators women's volleyball team.