Florida Gators women's volleyball

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Florida Gators women's volleyball
Florida Gators women's volleyball athletic logo

University University of Florida
Conference SEC
Location Gainesville, FL
Head Coach Mary Wise (21st year)
Arena O'Connell Center
(Capacity: 12,000)
Nickname Florida Gators
Colors Blue and Orange

             

AIAW and NCAA Tournament Runner Up
2003
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 O'Connell Center, a multi-purpose sports facility located on the University of Florida campus, is the home court of the Florida Gators volleyball team.

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.

History[edit]

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.

Coach Mary Wise was hired to replace Marilyn McReavy in 1991. In their first year under Wise, the Gators won the SEC regular season championship, sharing it with the LSU Tigers volleyball team.

In 1992, Florida made its first ever NCAA Final Four appearance, where they lost in the semifinals to eventual national runner-up UCLA 15-12, 15-12, 15-10.[1]

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.[2]

In 1997, the Gators appeared in the final four once again, being swept by Penn State in the semifinals. The roster consisted of a young squad, only have three seniors on the team.[3]

The Gators made their third consecutive final four in 1998, where they again lost in the semifinals, to eventual national champion and undefeated Long Beach State, 15-2, 15-8, 15-10.[4]

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.

Year-by-year results[edit]

Year Head Coach Overall
Record
Conference
Record
Conference
Standing
Postseason
Florida Gators (Southeastern Conference) (1984–present)
1984 Marilyn McReavy 16-16 1-5 5th
1985 Marilyn McReavy 33-13 4-2 3rd
1986 Marilyn McReavy 15-23 4-2 3rd
1987 Marilyn McReavy 37-6 5-2 3rd NCAA Second Round
1988 Marilyn McReavy 23-14 5-2 2nd
1989 Marilyn McReavy 17-12 3-5 6th
1990 Marilyn McReavy 15-16 4-4 3rd
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
Total 813-175 349-36

American Volleyball Coaches Association[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

Florida has 28 AVCA All-America selections, 10th all-time in NCAA Division I, and 12 First Team selections, tied for 10th all-time.[5]

National awards[edit]

Major awards[edit]

  • Mary Wise, National Coach of the Year: 1992, 1996
  • Kelly Murphy, National Freshman of the Year: 2008

Player of the Week[edit]

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)[6]
  • Kelly Murphy (Sept. 30, 2008)[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2007); NCAA Championship Women's Volleyball Program, p. 48
  2. ^ 1996 AVCA Coach of the Year
  3. ^ 1997 Roster
  4. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2007); NCAA Championship Women's Volleyball Program, p. 50
  5. ^ AVCA All-American history
  6. ^ "Elyse Cusack: National Player of the Week" AVCA.
  7. ^ "Kelly Murphy: National Player of the Week" AVCA.

External links[edit]

  • GatorSports.com – Florida Gators sports news from The Gainesville Sun.
  • GatorZone.com – Official webpage of the Florida Gators women's volleyball team.