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Written by Andrew Spivey, November 6, 2015, 1 Comment,
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Special report on the Florida Gators volleyball

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Fifteen kills each for sophomore middle Rhamat Alhassan and junior right side Alex Holston helped guide the No. 11 Gators past a scrappy Mississippi State squad Friday on the eve of Homecoming in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

Florida (18-4, 10-3 SEC) chalked up its ninth straight victory via the sweep of the Bulldogs (14-11, 3-8 SEC), the Gators' eighth sweep in their last nine contests (25-18, 27-25, 25-28). Senior setter Mackenzie Dagostino tied her season high for assists in a three-set match, with 46, as she executed UF's winning offensive efforts. Alhassan hit a team-high .591 with three blocks, Holston .481. Sophomore outside hitter Carli Snyder, who has just three errors in her last five outings, hit .429 on the afternoon. Senior Simone Antwi hit .444, while fellow classmate Živa Recek turned in a .333 clip to complete UF's potent offense that collaborated for a .451 efficiency on the night.

Senior libero Nikki O'Rourke helped stabilize UF's defensive efforts with 18 digs in the back row, her most since 23 against Auburn Oct. 11, and was key in closing out set three with a six-point serving run that gave the Gators match point at 24-17 with one of her multiple service aces against the Bulldogs.

After jumping out to a 6-1 lead in the first, Mississippi State got into a rhythm to tie the set at 8-8. The Bulldogs kept it close until Florida used a 9-3 run to take control at 20-13 and close it out for the final differential, 25-18. The second was a different story, requiring extra points as MSU came out firing on all cylinders to keep the Gators on their toes. UF trailed for a better part of the frame, which featured nine ties and just one lead change -- when Florida used two Holston swings to break a 25-25 tie for the 27-25 final in favor of Florida.

Battling from behind again in the third and final frame, Holston gave the Gators their go-ahead score at 16-15 shortly before O'Rourke stepped behind the service line for her final run.

Up next, a Sunday road swing to the plains to face Auburn a second time will wrap up the weekend of play for the Gators. UF is 20-1 on the road at Auburn Arena. Last time out, Florida swept the Oct. 11 meeting between the squads 25-23, 25-21, 25-18 in Gainesville. The Tigers host South Carolina in Friday night action.

MARY'S MINUTE
"Lots of credit goes to Mississippi State for how well they played. They were very effective offensively and really gritty defensively and made us earn our points."

BY THE NUMBERS
*         46 | Wins against Mississippi State all-time in Gators history. Florida is undefeated all-time against the Dawgs, is 43-0 in three-set matches and now 22-0 at home all-time against Mississippi State

*         46 | Assists for senior setter Mackenzie Dagostino, tying for her most in a three-setter this year (Oregon)

*         15 | Kills for both Rhamat Alhassan and Alex Holston to lead the Gators, three shy of Alhassan's career-high 18 and four shy of Holston's season-best 19

*         13 | Sweeps for the Gators in 2015, nine straight-set wins in SEC play and eight sweeps in their last nine conference matches

*         9 | Attack errors, marking UF's seventh single-digit low-error match of the season. The Gators have single-digit attack errors in four of their last five matches and in six matches during their hot nine-match win streak

*         3 | Regular-season home matches remaining for the Gators. Florida hosts Alabama and Tennessee in the O'Dome next weekend and LIU-Brooklyn the day after Thanksgiving for Senior Day

FLORIDA AT AUBURN BROADCAST INFORMATION
Auburn Tigers (Nov. 8)
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: SEC Network +<http://es.pn/1kbnqjX>

Radio: ESPN Gainesville<http://www.wruf.com/>

Live Stats: Gametracker<javascript:window.open('http://www.auburntigers.com/gametracker/launch/?event=1431831&school=aub&sport=wvolley&','GameTrackerv3','');%20void(0);>

UF | AU SERIES HISTORY
*         2015 Record: 12-10, 4-6 SEC (hosts South Carolina Friday)
*         Series Record: Florida leads, 44-1 (40-0 under Mary Wise)
*         3-set: 34-0; 4-set: 8-1; 5-set: 2-0
*         Home: 21-0 | Away: 20-1 | Neutral: 3-0
*         Last Time Out: Oct. 29, 2014 at Athens | W, 3-0 (25-16, 25-8, 26-24)
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  1. Wilbur_36November 8, 2015, 10:31 pm

    I am and always have been a fan of our Volleyball Coach, Ms. Mary Wise. She has never been flashy bur just gone about her job quietly getting it done. I know she hasn’t won the Championship every year, but she just goes on winning the SEC Title almost every year and many National Championships as well. I HOPE EVERYONE WILL JOIN ME IN SAYING THANK YOU COACH WISE. We love you, and the job you are doing, as well as the results you achieve with your Program. WELL DONE YOUNG LADY AND A BIG GO GATORS FOR YOU AND YOUR VOLLEYBALL PROGRAM.

    WILBUR HATCHER, Ocala, fl.

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Special report on the Florida Gators volleyball

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Fifteen kills each for sophomore middle Rhamat Alhassan and junior right side Alex Holston helped guide the No. 11 Gators past a scrappy Mississippi State squad Friday on the eve of Homecoming in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

Florida (18-4, 10-3 SEC) chalked up its ninth straight victory via the sweep of the Bulldogs (14-11, 3-8 SEC), the Gators' eighth sweep in their last nine contests (25-18, 27-25, 25-28). Senior setter Mackenzie Dagostino tied her season high for assists in a three-set match, with 46, as she executed UF's winning offensive efforts. Alhassan hit a team-high .591 with three blocks, Holston .481. Sophomore outside hitter Carli Snyder, who has just three errors in her last five outings, hit .429 on the afternoon. Senior Simone Antwi hit .444, while fellow classmate Živa Recek turned in a .333 clip to complete UF's potent offense that collaborated for a .451 efficiency on the night.

Senior libero Nikki O'Rourke helped stabilize UF's defensive efforts with 18 digs in the back row, her most since 23 against Auburn Oct. 11, and was key in closing out set three with a six-point serving run that gave the Gators match point at 24-17 with one of her multiple service aces against the Bulldogs.

After jumping out to a 6-1 lead in the first, Mississippi State got into a rhythm to tie the set at 8-8. The Bulldogs kept it close until Florida used a 9-3 run to take control at 20-13 and close it out for the final differential, 25-18. The second was a different story, requiring extra points as MSU came out firing on all cylinders to keep the Gators on their toes. UF trailed for a better part of the frame, which featured nine ties and just one lead change -- when Florida used two Holston swings to break a 25-25 tie for the 27-25 final in favor of Florida.

Battling from behind again in the third and final frame, Holston gave the Gators their go-ahead score at 16-15 shortly before O'Rourke stepped behind the service line for her final run.

Up next, a Sunday road swing to the plains to face Auburn a second time will wrap up the weekend of play for the Gators. UF is 20-1 on the road at Auburn Arena. Last time out, Florida swept the Oct. 11 meeting between the squads 25-23, 25-21, 25-18 in Gainesville. The Tigers host South Carolina in Friday night action.

MARY'S MINUTE
"Lots of credit goes to Mississippi State for how well they played. They were very effective offensively and really gritty defensively and made us earn our points."

BY THE NUMBERS
*         46 | Wins against Mississippi State all-time in Gators history. Florida is undefeated all-time against the Dawgs, is 43-0 in three-set matches and now 22-0 at home all-time against Mississippi State

*         46 | Assists for senior setter Mackenzie Dagostino, tying for her most in a three-setter this year (Oregon)

*         15 | Kills for both Rhamat Alhassan and Alex Holston to lead the Gators, three shy of Alhassan's career-high 18 and four shy of Holston's season-best 19

*         13 | Sweeps for the Gators in 2015, nine straight-set wins in SEC play and eight sweeps in their last nine conference matches

*         9 | Attack errors, marking UF's seventh single-digit low-error match of the season. The Gators have single-digit attack errors in four of their last five matches and in six matches during their hot nine-match win streak

*         3 | Regular-season home matches remaining for the Gators. Florida hosts Alabama and Tennessee in the O'Dome next weekend and LIU-Brooklyn the day after Thanksgiving for Senior Day

FLORIDA AT AUBURN BROADCAST INFORMATION
Auburn Tigers (Nov. 8)
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: SEC Network +<http://es.pn/1kbnqjX>

Radio: ESPN Gainesville<http://www.wruf.com/>

Live Stats: Gametracker<javascript:window.open('http://www.auburntigers.com/gametracker/launch/?event=1431831&school=aub&sport=wvolley&','GameTrackerv3','');%20void(0);>

UF | AU SERIES HISTORY
*         2015 Record: 12-10, 4-6 SEC (hosts South Carolina Friday)
*         Series Record: Florida leads, 44-1 (40-0 under Mary Wise)
*         3-set: 34-0; 4-set: 8-1; 5-set: 2-0
*         Home: 21-0 | Away: 20-1 | Neutral: 3-0
*         Last Time Out: Oct. 29, 2014 at Athens | W, 3-0 (25-16, 25-8, 26-24)
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