Special report on the Florida Gators volleyball team:
AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 15 Florida volleyball team defeated the Auburn Tigers in straight sets on Wednesday night in the Auburn Arena.
The Gators won the first set 25-17, then followed with a 25-17 victory in the second set. UF secured the match with a 25-17 win in the final frame.
Florida’s offense was paced by a 13-kill effort by Holly Carlton. Thayer Hall pitched in 10 kills, while Rachael Kramer added seven in the win.
Carlton also notched a season-high .600 hitting percentage in the match.
Marlie Monserez dished out 28 assists on the evening, while Allie Gregory recorded a season-high eight.
Gregory led the backcourt defense with 12 digs, while Monserez and Hall each notched a double-double with 11 digs apiece.
Hall registered three of Florida’s five service aces on the night.
The Gators are back in action on Sunday when the team heads to Georgia to face the Bulldogs. First serve is slated for 12 p.m. on the SEC Network +.
No. 15 Florida (22-4, 13-2)
Auburn (6-20, 0-15)
How it Happened
- The Gators got out to the early 7-1 lead, thanks in part to the service run of Thayer Hall. Auburn pulled back to within three at 7-4, but Florida responded with a 4-0 run of its own to take the 11-4 lead. The momentum continued to stay with the Gators, with the squad grabbing an eight-point lead at the 18-10 mark, forcing the Tigers to use their second timeout of the frame. Auburn pulled back to within six at 23-17, but Florida closed out the frame on kills from Carlton and Hall to secure the victory.
- Florida hit .333 in the first set, led by three kills apiece from Paige Hammons and Carlton.
- Once again, UF jumped out to an early lead, holding the 6-1 advantage. Auburn pulled to within just two points at 9-7, but Florida went on a 4-0 spurt to pull ahead six points. The Gators continued to push, taking a nine-point lead at 20-11 to force a timeout by the Tigers. Out of the break, Florida went on a 4-2 run to take the 24-13 lead, but Auburn staved off four set points to pull within seven. A kill by Mia Sokolowski closed out the frame and put Florida ahead 2-0 in the match.
- The Gators recorded a .333 clip in the second frame, while holding Auburn to a .000 hitting percentage. Hall and Carlton both notched three kills apiece in the set.
- With the Gators up just a point at 8-7, UF went on a 6-0 run behind the serves of Marlie Monserez to pull ahead 14-7. The Gators continued to hold at least a five-point lead in the frame and secured the match and 14th sweep of the season on a kill from Hall.
- UF hit .405 in the frame, while holding the Tigers to a .108 clip. Carlton recorded seven kills in the final set, while Hall pitched in five.
- Marlie Monserez recorded her ninth double-double of the season, registering 28 assists and 11 digs
- Thayer Hall registered her 13th double-double of the year with 10 kills and 11 digs
- Florida moves to 49-2 in the all-time series against Auburn, including a 45-1 record under Mary Wise
- The Gators are now 13-2 in conference play
- UF is now 35-0 against the Tigers in three-set matches
- Florida improves to 22-2 against the Tigers in Auburn, Ala.
- The Gators move to 14-2 in three-set matches this season
- The Gators have now won at least 22 matches in every season under head coach Mary Wise (29 consecutive seasons)
- The Gators are back in action on Sunday at Georgia
- First serve is slated for 12 p.m. on the SEC Network +
No. 15 Florida at Georgia Broadcast Information
Time & Date: Sunday, Nov. 20 | 12 p.m.
Series Information – No. 15 Florida at Georgia
- This is the 75th meeting between the two schools
- Florida leads: 65-9 (62-1 under Mary Wise)
- 3-set: 47-4 | 4-set: 14-2 | 5-set: 4-3
- Home: 30-2 | Away: 27-4 | Neutral: 8-3
- Last Time Out: Sept. 29, 2019 | Gainesville, Fla. | W, 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-17)
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