With two weekends on the road behind them, the No.10 Florida Gator Volleyball team returned home to defeat Mississippi State, 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-17).
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From the first set, the Gators dominated the court. Down by two with the score at 8-6, Florida’s Rachael Kramer slammed down her first kill of the match to start the Gators on a 10-0 run. Caroline Knop easily served the ball during the run without any errors and Shainah Joseph and Carli Snyder attacked the ball at the net to keep the run going.
Mississippi State put up the first point of the second set, but Florida would go on two runs in the set. Rhamat Alhassan and Shainah Joseph teamed up for a block that would set Florida up for a 6-0 run. In the lead with 18-13, Kramer would once again go up for a kill that would start the 7-0 run to end the set.
The Bulldogs made their most points of the match during the third. The longest run for the Gators in the third was a 4-0 run. Snyder served up an ace early on in the set. Alhassan, Joseph, Snyder, Kramer, Alex Holston, and Allie Monserez all slammed down at least one kill of their own in the third to take the match.
An In-Depth Look
Rhamat Alhassan and Carli Snyder led both teams in points during Friday night’s match, with 12 each. Snyder led the team in kills with 11, followed by Alhassan’s 9, and Kramer’s 7. Setter Allie Monserez made up for 34 of the Gator’s 40 assists. Monserez’s 34 assists alone also outnumbered Mississippi State’s 28.
Florida led the match in aces, ending the match with three of their own compared to the Bulldog’s two. Carli Snyder, Allie Gregory, and Lindsey Rogers all put up an ace of their own.
Rhamat Alhassan put up six blocks of her own, accounting for the most from either team. Florida head coach Mary Wise says those blocks by Alhassan really played a big role in the longer rallies between the two teams.
Caroline Knop had the most digs between the two teams with 16.
After Friday night’s win, the Gator’s are now 7-1 in the SEC and 17-2 overall. Florida will look to extend their win streak to seven when they welcome the Georgia Bulldogs (13-8, 1-7 SEC) to Gainesville Sunday, October 23rd, at noon.