Top Ranked Gator Volleyball Defeats Feisty Tigers In Three Sets

Even though the top-ranked Florida volleyball team beat LSU in three sets on Sunday in Gainesville, it wasn’t easy.  Florida needed a late rally in the second set and held off a late Tiger run in the third to move to 11-0 overall and 3-0 in SEC play.

Leading the team through adversity

The Gators found themselves in many tough situations against the Tigers but found a way to persevere. Senior Rhamat Alhassan talked about how she prefers tough games because it makes the team better.

You know the Gators did not exactly have their way when their total team in blocks is not in the double digits. After having 13 total team blocks against Tennessee, Florida only registered six blocks against LSU.

Gator head coach Mary Wise talked about how tough the Tigers played her team and how she thinks they will upset a team down the road.

It would have been much tougher for the Gators had it not been for senior Caroline Knop. Knop had a team-leading 11 digs. ‘CK’ says that she had been working on defense in practice and the results showed.

Carli being Carli

When LSU made their runs throughout the match it was Carli Synder who usually answered the call. The senior led the team with 19.5 points which included two aces. Fellow senior Rhamat Alhassan says the best thing she has seen from Snyder is consistency.

Wise says that even though Snyder has made great strides for her team offensively, it is also her defense that has impressed her.

Looking forward

After beating the Tennessee Volunteers and LSU Tigers in six total sets, the Gators will begin to prepare for their next game against Texas A&M at home on Wednesday. Even though the Aggies have a tough 4-6 overall record, they are coming off a big win at home against Georgia. Texas A&M defeated the Bulldogs in three sets on Friday night. The match between the Gators and Aggies begins at 7 p.m.

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