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Gators Win Five-Set Thriller Over Texas, Cap Regular Year with 20th Consecutive Win

SEC Player of the Year Alex Holston slammed down a staggering 29 kills and junior setter Mackenzie Dagostino posted her fourth double-double with 57 assists and 16 digs, as sixth ranked Florida used an all-around team effort to upset third ranked Texas in a five-set thriller (26-28, 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 15-12) at Gregory Gym in Austin to cap off the regular-season slate on a high note.

Florida improved to 25-3 on the season, the program’s 24th straight 25-win season as UF added its 20th consecutive win.

In its final tune-up before the 2014 NCAA Volleyball Selection Show Sunday night, Florida additionally relied on its senior-led back row, as senior defensive specialists Holly Pole (16) and Taylor Unroe (12) posted double-digit scoops.

The Gators improved to 5-2 this season against top-25 opponents, as Holston (29) and freshman outside hitter Carli Snyder (17) each notched double-digit kills – Holston with the third-most in a single match in school history in the rally scoring era.

Holston’s 32 points were also the third-most in Gator history in the rally-scoring era as the right-side hitter added four blocks and a service ace to her line.

Four Gators scored double-digit points in Sunday’s victory and freshman Rhamat Alhassan led the Orange and Blue in blocks, with five, for the 26th match this season.

The 2014 NCAA volleyball selection show is slated for 8:30 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU, where the Gators will learn their NCAA Tournament fate.

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