The sixth ranked Florida volleyball adds another sweep to its season after sweeping South Carolina in Gainesville on Friday night. The win is Florida’s 11th straight and its seventh straight sweep.
The Gators scored the first five points and served five of the team’s nine aces in the first set which set the tone for the rest of the match. Florida took the first one 25-13. The second set was more of a back-and-forth battle, and the teams tied it up at 18 apiece. The Gator defense tightened up and finished off a 25-20 win. Florida ran away early with the final set, taking a 16-8 lead, then clinched the match with a 25-15 victory.
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Wins – 1️⃣1️⃣
Sweeps – 7️⃣
And we are all alone atop the SEC once again!! #GoGators pic.twitter.com/E9fKVgL0sP
— Gators Volleyball (@GatorsVB) November 12, 2016
The Gator offense hit above .350 for the seventh consecutive match this season. They also tied their record with a season high of nine service aces. Junior libero Caroline Knope was responsible for six of the aces on the night. Knope is the first Gator since Kristy Jaeckel in 2011 to post six-plus aces in a three-set match.
Passing was another key to victory on Friday night. Redshirt sophomore Allie Monserez had 40 assists, helping teammates Rhamat Alhassan, Alex Holston, Rachael Kramer, and Carli Snyder rack up at least eight kills each. Gator coach Mary Wise is extremely impressed by her team’s well-rounded passing abilities.
Tonight’s victory gives the Gators a half- game lead in the SEC standings over the Missouri Tigers. Up next, Florida hosts Alabama for another SEC match up on Sunday at 2 p.m.