GAINESVILLE, FL.- The Florida Gator volleyball team took care of business for the 12th game in a row as they swept Georgia in three games (25-15, 25-15, 25-18) on Sunday in Gainesville. The win keeps the Gators at the top of the SEC standings at 6-0, however, Missouri is also undefeated at 5-0.
The Gators had impressive statistical performances from Alex Holston and Taylor Brauneis. Holston started the match 6 of 6 on kills and ended the game with a hitting percentage over .700. Brauneis recorded 43 assists, out-setting Georgia's entire team by 20.
Florida head coach Mary Wise said after the match that Holston's efficiency and production are worthy of SEC Offensive Player of the Week.
“If Alex isn't the SEC Offensive Player of the Week this week than someone has had a career weekend; her numbers are just eye-popping,” said Wise. “These numbers would be outstanding if they were a senior, but they're a freshman.”
Florida had 18 service errors as a team Friday night against Kentucky, but were able to cut that number in half Sunday afternoon with only nine. Sophomore Gabby Mallette was one of the players that did not record a service error, and says the team spent a lot of time focusing on starting good rallies with serving and passing.
“After Friday's match, Mary made it a really big point that the whole game starts off of serving and passing,” said Mallette. “She made it a really big deal in practice. Yesterday we did a lot of serving. So I think we all had a really good mindset, and what she was giving to us, we got.”
Wise says her team can't be stopped in just one way; she says her offense is becoming a pick-your-poison kind of attack.
“We're evolving into a team that's hard to guard,” said Wise. “You choose your poison, and because of our ability to get kills at different positions, we become less one-dimensional.”
The Gators next match is at Arkansas on Friday night. That match is their first of two road games before traveling to 20-0 Missouri on Sunday.
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