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No. 2 Gators Host No. 15 UCLA in NCAA Regional Action

December 7, 2017

No. 2 Gators Host No. 15 UCLA in NCAA Regional Action

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida faces 15th-seeded UCLA inside Exactech Arena / O’Connell Center in Friday’s NCAA Regional Semifinal, which will be the 24th such appearance in program history. Opening serve for the first regional competition in Gainesville since 2011 is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.
 
All-session and single-match general admission tickets for the Gainesville Regional—which is the only one featuring four national seeds—are still available (follow this link for purchasing). Students gain admission to all matches FREE OF CHARGE with a valid Gator1 ID.
 
Parking restrictions are lifted all day Friday for the O’Connell Center garage, and all campus parking lot restrictions for Friday end at 3:30 p.m. ET.
 
This will be the first meeting in the Florida-UCLA series since 2006, and each program has won three of the six all-time matchups. Each of the six previous matches between the two programs has been a sweep. Florida (977) and UCLA (866) rank third and eighth, respectively, among Division I programs in total wins since 1984, the first season of Gators volleyball.
 
Florida’s offense posted its highest and third-highest hitting percentages of the season in wins over Alabama State and Miami last week. But the Gators will face a Bruins defense that ranks 31st nationally in digs per set. Northern Kentucky (16th) is the only team Florida faced this season that ranks higher than 70th in digs per set.
 
The winner of Friday’s match will face the winner of the No. 7 Minnesota-No. 10 Southern California match, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET in the O’Dome.
 

BROADCAST INFORMATION | Match Notes
Friday, Dec. 8 vs. No. 15 UCLA | 4 p.m. ET
TV: ESPNU | Streaming: Watch ESPN [Courtney Lyle, Jenny Hazelwood] | Radio: Audio Stream [Tom Collett, Josh Crow] (also available via ESPN Gainesville 98.1 FM / 850 AM WRUF) | Live Stats
 
Saturday, Dec. 9 vs. No. 7 Minnesota / No. 10 Southern California | 6 p.m. ET
TV: ESPNU | Streaming: Watch ESPN [Courtney Lyle, Jenny Hazelwood] | Radio: Audio Stream [Tom Collett, Josh Crow] (also available via ESPN Gainesville 98.1 FM / 850 AM WRUF) | Live Stats
 

TICKET INFORMATION | Gainesville Regional
Tickets for the NCAA Regional Semifinals and Championship in Gainesville are on sale online (follow this link for purchasing) and at the Gator Ticket Office (352-375-4683), located between Gates 1 & 2 of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Tickets will also be available at the ticket office outside Gate 1 of Exactech Arena 90 minutes prior to the day’s first match.
 
All-Session Tickets

 
Single-Match Tickets

 
GAINESVILLE REGIONAL SCHEDULE (all times Eastern)

 
MEDIA INFORMATION
Media Contact: Zach Dirlam (ZachD@gators.ufl.edu) | Media Services/Credentialing Information (PDF)

 
IMPORTANT CREDENTIALING NOTE: If you were credentialed for the University of Florida regular season and/or the NCAA First & Second Rounds in Gainesville, you are automatically credentialed for all Gainesville NCAA Regional matches. Your NCAA First & Second Round credential IS STILL VALID for NCAA Regional matches. Newly credentialed media members, or credentialed media who did not pick up credentials last week, can collect theirs at Will Call (Gate 1 of Exactech Arena) one hour prior to first serve of Friday’s opening match, as well as an hour prior to first serve of Saturday’s match.
 

FLORIDA NCAA REGIONAL NOTABLES

 
SCOUTING THE BRUINS
No. 15 UCLA | 21-10 overall, 12-8 Pac-12 Conference (t-5th)

 
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