Gator freshman middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan was unstoppable as the 10th ranked Florida volleyball squad (4-2) swept through 13th ranked San Diego (5-2) to open play at the USC Classic in the City of Angels. The Gators downed the Toreros (25-22, 25-19, 25-14) and moved head coach Mary Wise to career win number 799, one away from the 800 victory milestone.
The match marked their third three-set sweep for the Orange and Blue on the 2014 season. The victory was also the first for Florida over a ranked opponent this season.
The 6’4″ Alhassan hit .800 for the second time this season, along with a career-high 16 kills on 20 errorless swings, while leading the Gators in blocking for the sixth straight match with five against the Toreros. Sophomore right side Alex Holston turned in a career-best .538 hitting efficiency (7-0-13) and freshman outside hitter Carli Snyder had herself a night with a .462 clip and eight kills as the Gators registered their best offensive output of the season with a .449 hitting percentage.
The Orange and Blue will now set sights on home team and tournament host, sixth ranked USC, as the Gators and Trojans match up at 10:30 p.m., and you can listen in on ESPN 850 WRUF starting at 10:20 p.m.