The Florida volleyball team showed out in Columbia on Saturday against the Gamecocks. The Gators came in hot in the first two sets, but felt a little resistance from the Gamecocks as South Carolina took the third. The Gators recovered in the fourth, bringing home yet another win. This is their seventh straight win and their second SEC victory.
Sophomore Merritt Beason once again had an outstanding performance, racking up 18 kills on the day. This is only her second year as a right side attacker, spending her high school career as a left side attacker. Junior Sofia Victoria also came to play today, with six kills on six attempts with no errors in the first set. Victoria followed behind Beason with 15 posted kills and Marina Markova contributed 10 kills.
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The Gators had a late start in the first set, but quickly tied it up 7-7. They kept up the energy and quickly pulled ahead, closing out the first set 25-18.
Beason started the second set with an electric kill, setting up the Gators for an exciting set. Victoria had her first error, but that didn’t slow them down. The Gators fought back and forth with the Gamecocks all through the set, but came out victorious with a final score of 25-22.
Beason once again started the set with a bang, serving a huge block on the first point of the third set. The Gamecocks took their first lead since the beginning of the first set and kept that lead throughout the third, ending the third with a 25-16 win.
Heading into the fourth set, the Gamecocks had the confidence and stamina to put up a fight, but ultimately the Gators came through with their seventh straight win. The Gamecocks’ hitting errors were their downfall, and allowed the Gators to pull ahead and win the set 25-19.
The Gators return to the Carolina Volleyball Center on Sunday at 2 p.m. for round two against the Gamecocks.