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Gators ranked second in SEC preseason coaches poll

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida volleyball team ranked No. 2 in the SEC’s preseason coaches’ poll, the league announced Monday morning.

Florida, which finished last season’s campaign with a 22-9 record and finished third in the SEC, garnered two first-place votes and totaled 132 points, just 10 points behind defending champion Kentucky. of the SEC, for first place.

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The Gators also have two Preseason All-SEC selections in Merritt Beson (RS/OH) and Bre Kelley (MB). Beason and Kelley were both members of the SEC All-Freshman team in the 2021 campaign.

UF fires eight players from last season’s regional semi-final squad, including two starters and Florida’s starting libero: Merritt Beson, Bre Kelley and Elli McKissock.

The Gators welcome five freshmen and three transfers to the 2022 team seeking to win its 25th SEC championship this season — the most of any team in the league.

Florida’s 2022 campaign will kick off with the Gators Invitational on August 26-27, when the Gators host Virginia, North Florida and ETSU in Gainesville.

Pre-Season Coaches Survey (first place votes in brackets)

















Square School Points
1. Kentucky (10) 142
2. Florida (2) 132
3. Tennessee (1) 118
4. Arkansas 105
5. Mississippi State 103
6. Caroline from the south 75
seven. Ole Miss 70
8. USL 66
9. Georgia 63
ten. Texas A&M 62
11. Missouri 31
12. Auburn 30
13. Alabama 17

Volleyball Preseason All-SEC Team



















Name, school pos. Year. HT. Hometown
Jillian Gillen, Arkansas OH Sr. 5-7 Stillwell, Kan.
Merritt BesonFlorida RS/OH So. 6-3 Gardendale, Alabama.
Bre KelleyFlorida Mo So. 6-4 Rock Wall, Texas
Eleanor Beavin, Kentucky L So. 5-5 Louisville, Ky.
Emma Grome, Kentucky S So. 5-9 Loveland, Ohio
Reagan Rutherford, Kentucky Ontario Provincial Police Jr. 6-0 Missouri, Texas
Azhani Tealer, Kentucky Mo Sr. 5-10 Great Prairie, Texas
Anita Anwusi, LSU Mo Sr. 6-3 Houston, TX
Sasha Ratliff, Ole Miss Mo Jr. 6-2 Atlanta, Ga.
Gabby Waden, Mississippi State MB/RS Gr. 5-10 Columbia, South Carolina
Anna Dixon, Mo. OH Sr. 6-3 Louisbourg, Kan.
Jenna Hampton, South Carolina DS/L Gr. 5-7 Tampa, Florida.
Morgan Fingall, Tennessee RS Sr. 6-1 Fairfax, Virginia.
Natalie Hayward, Tennessee S Sr. 5-11 Bothel, Wash.
Danielle Mahaffey, Tennessee Mo Gr. 6-1 Cincinnati, Ohio

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