Gators Volleyball Makes Statement in Sweep Over Kentucky

The fourth ranked Kentucky Wildcats were responsible for the first and only loss for the sixth ranked Florida volleyball team this season.

Wednesday night, Florida gave Kentucky it’s first SEC loss as they dominated the Wildcats, sweeping them in three sets.

Statement Win

The Gators were able to get the match victory thanks to senior leadership. Carli Snyder led the team in scoring as she had 16 points and eight digs. Rhamat Alhassan, who was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row, added 12.5 points of her own and led the team in blocks with seven.

Not only did Alhassan play a big role in the Gators victory but she also made some history too. With her seven blocks, she tied Benavia Jenkins for most career blocks in UF history (601).

Associate head coach Dave Boos said one of the biggest difference from the last match against Kentucky was the adjustments made by Snyder.

Florida’s win was the third over a top six opponent this season; no other team in the nation has that many.

‘Big Match Shainah’

Shainah Joseph continued her hot streak as she had another solid performance in Lexington. Joseph kept the Wildcats on their toes the entire night with her 12 kills.

Boos nicknamed Joseph “Big-match Shainah” after getting double digit kills and hitting over 50%.

On A Roll

Boos talked about how the team left Gainesville knowing the were going to have a great match.

Florida has now won five matches in a row. The Gators have a chance to really catch fire before the SEC Tournament as three of their last six regular season games are at home. In addition to that, none of Florida’s six remaining opponents are ranked in the top 25.

What’s Next

After Wednesday’s big win, Florida travels to Tennessee for the last leg of a three match road trip. The Gators and the Vols face off Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m..

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