Florida Gators volleyball sweeps LSU in Baton Rouge

Special report on the Florida Gators volleyball team:

BATON ROUGE, La. – The 13th-ranked Florida volleyball team swept LSU in Baton Rouge, La. on Sunday afternoon to extend its win streak to four matches.

The Gators took the first set, 25-20, then followed with a 25-20 victory in the second set. UF secured the match with a 25-21 win in the final frame.

Florida hit .276 on the afternoon, led by 18 kills from Thayer Hall. Holly Carlton posted 12 kills on the afternoon, while Paige Hammons pitched in eight in the match.

Marlie Monserez dished out a team-high 40 assists on the afternoon, averaging 13.33 per set.

Allie Gregory recorded a team-high 18 digs on the afternoon, pushing her into ninth-place all-time in program history with 1,174 career digs. Monserez also recorded 10 digs for a double-double, while Hall registered nine in the match.

Florida recorded four service aces on the afternoon, compared to just one error. Carlton led the way with two, while Morgyn Greer and Monserez both pitched in one.

The Gators are back in action on Friday when the Alabama Crimson Tide come to Exactech Arena. First serve is set for 7 p.m. on the SEC Network +.

No. 13 Florida (15-3, 6-1 SEC)
LSU (10-8, 4-4 SEC)

How it Happened

*   Florida and LSU were trading points through the early parts of the first set, but with the frame tied at 12-12, the Gators went on a 3-0 run to take the 15-12 lead into the media timeout. UF continued to hold LSU at bay, taking the 22-18 lead late. The Tigers got within three at 23-20, but Florida got back-to-back kills from Holly Carlton and Rachael Kramer to secure the set.
*   The Gators hit .220 in the first frame, led by six kills from Thayer Hall. Holly Carlton added five kills in the frame, hitting .375.
*   UF hopped out to the early 5-2 lead in the second set, but LSU came back to knot it at 5-5. From that point on, it was a back-and-forth affair. Going into the media timeout, Florida held the 15-14 lead, but the Tigers went on a 3-0 run to hold the 17-15 advantage. The Gators then went on a run of their own, taking the 22-18 lead behind the serves of Morgyn Greer. Florida closed out the set on a 3-2 run to go up two sets to none in the match.
*   Florida hit .273 in the second set, holding LSU to just a .176 clip. Hall and Carlton both pitched in four kills apiece in the frame, while Paige Hammons added two.
*   After LSU jumped out to the 7-4 lead, Florida went on a 6-1 run behind the serves of Paige Hammons and Morgyn Greer to take the 10-8 advantage. UF won the race to the media timeout, taking a 15-13 lead into the break. Florida continued to build its lead, going up 19-13 in the frame. LSU clawed back to within two points at 20-18, but the Gators closed out with a 5-3 run to secure the victory.
*   Florida hit .333 in the third set, led by eight kills from Hall. Hammons added four, while Carlton pitched in three in the final set.

*   Marlie Monserez picked up her fourth double-double of the season, recording 40 assists and 10 digs
*   Allie Gregory moved into ninth place all-time in program history in digs with 1,174, surpassing Meg Fitzgerald (1,171)
*   Florida moves to 45-13 all-time against LSU
*   The Gators extend their win streak to four matches – with three of those coming on the road
*   UF is now 27-7 all-time against the Tigers in three-set matches
*   The Gators move to 20-6 against LSU in Baton Rouge, La.
*   Florida improves to 10-2 in three-set matches this season
Thoughts from Coach Wise

*   “Taylor Bannister had a very impressive performance. She’s a special talent and we are a better team from having played this LSU team, especially with how they have been playing as of late.”
Up Next

*   The Gators return home for a contest against Alabama on Friday evening
*   First serve is slated for 7 p.m. on the SEC Network +

No. 13 Florida vs. Alabama Broadcast Information

Time & Date: Sunday, Oct. 20 | 2 p.m. ET

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Series Information – No. 13 Florida vs. Alabama

*   This is the 47th meeting between the two schools
*   Florida leads: 46-0 (44-0 under Mary Wise)
*   3-set: 22-0 | 4-set: 4-0 | 5-set: 0-0
*   Home: 22-0 | Away: 21-0 | Neutral: 3-0
*   Last Time Out: Oct. 14, 2018 | Gainesville, Fla. | W, 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-16)

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