The No. 6 Gators (22-2, 12-1 SEC) swept the Mississippi State Bulldogs (12-15, 4-9) in Starkville. Florida’s victory marks 10 straight wins and six straight sweeps. The first set was a back-and-forth battle with seven lead changes and 18 ties. However, the Florida offense was too much for Mississippi State to handle, and the Gators took the first one 25-23.
The Florida attack proved victorious for the next two sets with a .554 hitting percentage throughout the match. This marks the fifth time in the last five matches that the Gators hit above .350. The Gators took advantage of an 8-3 run in the second set to finish 25-18, and then held their ground for a 25-14 win in Set 3.
Three Gators produced high numbers to keep the Gators rolling on offense. Rhamat Alhassan, Alex Holston, and Rachael Kramer combined for 36 kills with only one attack error in the entirety of the match. Alhassan was just shy of her career-high hitting percentage producing a season-high .800. Kramer and Holston committed no offensive errors and hit .714 and .619 respectively. Head coach Mary Wise was astounded by Alex Holston’s performance on Sunday.
Now tied atop the SEC, Florida returns to Gainesville for round two of a couple of SEC matches. The Gators face the South Carolina Gamecocks on Friday night (November 11) at 7 p.m. and then host Alabama on Sunday. Coach Wise says her team will take the week to rest and focus on preparation for some tough SEC competition next week.