By: Shauni Lynch
No. 6 Florida Gators celebrated a clean sweep victory over South Carolina and honored their three seniors in the O’Dome Wednesday night. This marks the Gators 19th consecutive win and the last regular season home game and SEC match up for Maddy Monserez, Holly Pole, and Taylor Unroe.
The seniors of the Orange and Blue were honored and a pre match ceremony and then took to the court for their last game on the Gator’s home court. Monserez and Pole each accumulated 12 digs and both contributed to Florida’s five serving aces at two and three, respectively. Taylor Unroe followed up with six digs to close out their performances and an undefeated SEC season.
In the clean sweep of the Gamecocks (25-19, 25-9, 25-20), more than just the Florida seniors played incredibly. SEC Player of the Year sophomore right side Alex Holston had 12 kills for a total of 14 points while SEC Freshman of the year Rhamat Alhassan had a .706 clip alongside her 13 kills and 16 points for the Florida. Two other Gators hit double digit kills and points for the Orange and Blue with All-SEC middle Simone Antwi and outside hitter Carli Snyder each recorded 10 kills for 11.5 and 10.5 points.SEC offensive Player of the Week and All-SEC player Mackenzie Dagostino registered and four digs for the Gators to record its 13th sweep this season and 13th undefeated conference play season overall for the program.
Florida limited South Carolina to four blocks, in comparison to the Gators’ eight. The Orange and Blue also kept the Gamecocks to a .144 hitting efficiency, the 20th time the Gators have forced an opponent to operate below a .197 clip.
Florida will close out its season with its final game on the road. The Gators will travel to Austin for a match up with the Longhorns. During the last meeting of the two, No. 3 Texas gave the Gators one of its three losses this season. The match up is set for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.