The Gators came into Oxford Friday and were able to come away with a victory in three sets. The Gator squad started off slow and had to make a late run in the first set to win it 25-23 but it was smooth sailing from there.
UF was able to spot weaknesses in a strong Rebel defense and jump on them. Ole Miss struggled with the hard spikes from the middle and the Gators took advantage. This helped the Gators win their 14th game in a row. Wise is also 43-0 against the Rebels as the Gator Head Coach
Feed the Hot Hand
It was a historic game for Senior Rhamat Alhassan. The three-time All American had 20 kills and 5 blocks in the three sets and was all over the place. At one point she seemingly single-handedly won the Gators a set. Alhassan was the final 5 points of the first set that helped the Gators go on a 5-0 run that would win the game.
Alhassan was only the third middle to have 20 kills in a three-set match.
Mary Wise had many good things to say about her star player. Wise specifically talked about how Alhassan made great decisions that lead to more kills.
Another Senior, Libero Caroline Knop, also had a great game defensively. With 20 digs, 3 assists and an ace, Knop mirrored her performance against Ole Miss last year when she had a career-high 31 digs.
Mary Wise spoke about her libero’s performance and how that was a big factor in the win.
The Moment We’ve All Been Waiting For
Since the announcement of the schedule before the season, volleyball fans across the nation marked their calendars for October 15th, No. 1 Florida vs. No. 8 Kentucky.
This will be only the third top-ten SEC matchup in its history. Many fans eagerly await was is expecting to be a great matchup.
Mary Wise spoke about how they need to stay more patient. Carli Snyder was quiet today and Wise said that this was due to her getting impatient early. They will need to adjust as they only have one practice before the big matchup against the SEC rivaled Wildcats.