Florida Gators volleyball sweeps Auburn

Special report on the Florida Gators volleyball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The 12th-ranked Florida volleyball team swept the Auburn Tigers on Friday evening, pushing the squad’s win streak to eight matches.

In that eight-match win streak, the Gators have also notched five-straight sweeps.

Florida took the first set in dominating fashion, winning 25-12, before taking the second set 25-18. The Gators secured the victory with a 25-12 win in the final set.

Florida hit a season-best .427 on the night, all while holding Auburn to a -.041 clip. Thayer Hall led the way with 14 kills, hitting .427 on 27 swings with only one error.

Rachael Kramer, Paige Hammons, Holly Carlton and Marlie Monserez all posted five kills on the evening and each hit .500 or better.

Marlie Monserez dished out a team-high 30 assists on the evening, running the offense.

Allie Gregory led the defensive effort in the backcourt, posting 11 digs on the night.

As a squad, Florida recorded seven blocks, led by three apiece from Rachael Kramerand Lauren Dooley.

The Gators continue their conference schedule with a matchup against Georgia on Sunday at 1 p.m. The match will be streamed on the SEC Network +, with Tom Collett and Missy Whittemore on the call.

Records
No. 12 Florida (10-2, 1-0)
Auburn (6-6, 0-1)

How It Happened

  • The first set was all Florida from the start, with the Gators jumping out to a 13-3 lead behind the serves of Allie Gregory and Holly Carlton. Auburn got within nine points at 14-5, but Paula Cerame led the Gators on another service run to give UF the 19-6 advantage. The Tigers staved off four Florida set points, but UF secured the victory with an Auburn attack error.
    • The Gators hit .370 in the first set, racking up 14 kills along the way, while also holding Auburn to a -.167 clip. Thayer Hall led the frame with five, while Paige Hammons and Marlie Monserezboth notched three apiece.
  • Florida trailed only twice in the second set, with the last coming at 2-3 in the frame. From that point on the Gators flipped the momentum, grabbing as large as an eight-point lead at 20-12. The Tigers continued to claw their way back, getting with seven points at 24-17, but Paige Hammons closed out the set with her sixth kill of the night.
    • Florida hit a stellar .536 in the second set, recording 16 kills. Thayer Hall posted six in the frame, while Paige Hammonsadded three.
  • The third set was tied 7-7 before the Gators went on a run to take a 12-9 lead. Behind the serves of Holly Carlton, Florida extended its lead to nine points, taking the 18-9 advantage. Auburn got back to within nine at 20-11, but Rachael Kramer’s serves gave the Gators the 24-11 lead, while a Marlie Monserez kill secured the match.
    • The Gators hit .370 in the third set, holding Auburn to a -.071 clip. Thayer Hall and Holly Carltonboth posted three kills in the frame.

Notables

  • Holly Carlton tied her career-high in service aces with four
  • Florida recorded its best hitting percentage of the year, registering a .427 clip
  • Five Gators hit .450 or better on the evening, led by a .714 percentage from Rachael Kramer
  • The Gators extended their streak to eight matches – all eight coming at home
  • Florida is now 7-2 in three-set matches this season
  • UF improves to 48-2 against Auburn in the all-time series
  • The Gators are now 35-0 in three-set matches against the Tigers
  • Florida is 25-0 in Gainesville, Fla. against Auburn

Thoughts from Coach Wise

  • “Not as clean as we would have hoped, but looking at the numbers from a hitting efficiency, there was enough good ones to push us through.”

Up Next

  • Florida continues conference play with a matchup against Georgia on Sunday
  • First serve is slated for 1 p.m. on the SEC Network + with Tom Collett and Missy Whittemore on the call

No. 12 Florida vs. Georgia Broadcast Information
Time & Date: Sunday, Sept. 29 | 1 p.m.
TV Network: SEC Network + | Live Stream:WatchESPN | Live Stats: Sidearm | Radio: ESPN 98.1FM/850AM

Series Information – No. 12 Florida vs. Georgia

  • This is the 74th meeting between the two schools
  • Florida leads: 64-9 (61-1 under Mary Wise)
  • 3-set: 47-4 | 4-set: 13-2 | 5-set: 4-3
  • Home: 29-2 | Away: 27-4 | Neutral: 8-3
  • Last Time Out: Nov. 18, 2018 | Athens, Ga. | W, 3-0 (25-13, 25-11, 25-20)

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