October 5, 2014,
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The No. 9 Florida volleyball team made it three conference sweeps with a 3-0 victory at Mississippi State Sunday to cap off a two-match SEC road swing and stay undefeated in league play. The Orange and Blue (10-3, 4-0 SEC) defeated MSU, 25-18, 25-18, 25-23, for UF's 22nd straight victory against the Dawgs in Starkville (5-14, 0-4 SEC).
Junior middle blocker Simone Antwi led the charge for the Gators against the Bulldogs, putting down 11 kills with a .562 clip in the match. Antwi and fellow middle, freshman Rhamat Alhassan, (10) posted the only two double-digit kill performances in the match, while the duo combined for four blocks on the afternoon. Alhassan hit .389 for the Orange and Blue. The Gators hit .302 as a team and had no reception errors for the third time this season.
Mississippi State hit just .149 as a team against the Gators, becoming the eighth opponent this season the Gators have forced to operate below a .200 hitting efficiency, including all four SEC opponents so far. The Gators were one of four undefeated SEC teams entering Sunday's matches, with Arkansas taking on LSU in Baton Rouge at 2 p.m., while undefeated Kentucky and Texas A&M are slated to play Sunday evening on the SEC Network at 6 p.m.
"We've said all along that on any given night we can look to a different player to help lead us. Tonight it was Simone Antwi. She stayed disciplined throughout the entire match, it was only fitting that she got the match point kill."
BY THE NUMBERS
· 44: Sunday's win marked UF's 44th straight win over the Bulldogs, including 35 straight for head coach Mary Wise
· 11: kills for senior Simone Antwi to lead all players in the match with her second double-digit kill performance in SEC play, sixth this season. Antwi hit .562 to lead UF from the floor, her third match above a .500 efficiency this season
· 10: digs for senior libero Holly Pole to lead UF's defensive efforts. That makes nine straight matches for Pole with double-digit digs. Pole additionally had one of UF's four service aces
· 10: kills for freshman Rhamat Alhassan, her eighth double-digit slam performance of the season, third in SEC play
· 5: straight wins for the Gators, extending UF's longest win streak of the season
· 4: service aces for Florida, including two from sophomore right side Alex Holston. UF has had four or more service aces in every match this season
· 4: straight SEC wins to start conference play
· 3: sweeps in conference play following the victory in Starkville (Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State)
· 2: kills for freshman Abby Detering, who set the end of the second set for the Orange and Blue, her second career match at Florida after playing in a set against Georgia Southern UF's opening weekend. Detering added one assist and turned in a career-best 2.0 points in the win
· 2: kills for sophomore middle Shaïnah Joseph, who registered a .400 clip (2-0-5) Sunday in the third set against MSU after having career matches against UCF and Marquette earlier this season
· 0: reception errors for the Gators Sunday in Starkville, just the third time this season UF has been perfect
After spending three of the first four SEC matches on the road, the No. 9 Gators return home to the friendly confines of the Stephen C. O'Connell Center for their first complete home weekend of the conference season. UF hosts SEC rival Georgia Friday at 7 p.m., streamed live on SEC Network +, while Texas A&M visits Gainesville Sunday for a 2 p.m. match up live on the SEC Network.