Special report on the Florida Gators volleyball team:
STARKVILLE, Miss. – The No. 12 Florida volleyball team swept the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon in the Newell-Grissom Building.
The Gators remain atop the SEC standings with an 11-1 conference record and have now won nine matches in a row – the longest streak in the league.
Florida grabbed the first set 25-18 and followed with a 25-15 win in the second set. The Gators secured the match with a 25-21 win in the final set.
UF’s offensive attack was led by Thayer Hall, who notched 12 kills on the afternoon. Paige Hammons and Lauren Dooley both pitched in 10 kills on the afternoon, while Rachael Kramer added eight kills.
Five Gators hit over .300 on the afternoon: Dooley (.833 | 10-0-12), Kramer (.583 | 8-1-12), Marlie Monserez (.571 | 4-0-7), Carlton (.500 | 5-1-8) and Hammons (.308 | 10-2-26).
Marlie Monserez dished out 41 assists on the afternoon, leading the Gators to a .398 clip in the match.
The backcourt defense was anchored by Allie Gregory, who posted 14 digs on the afternoon. Hall added 11 and Monserez pitched in eight digs of her own.
Florida’s serving was a strong suit against the Bulldogs, with four different Gators racking up service aces: Paige Hammons (2), Riley Fischer (2), Chanelle Hargreaves (2) and Allie Gregory (1).
The Gators return home for a matchup against LSU on Friday at 7 p.m. The match will air on the SEC Network +.
No. 12 Florida (20-3, 11-1)
Mississippi State (13-13, 2-12)
How it Happened
- With the first set tied 9-9, the Gators went on a 6-2 run behind the serves of Thayer Hall and Allie Gregory to give Florida the 15-11 advantage going into the media timeout. Out of the break, the Gators continued to build momentum, going on a 7-4 spurt to force MSU to use its second timeout. The Bulldogs pulled to within six at 24-18, but a Paige Hammons kill secured the first set victory.
- The Gators hit .400 in the first set, racking up 16 kills, while holding the Bulldogs to a .179 clip. Hall and Lauren Dooley led the way with four kills apiece, while Hammons added three of her own.
- Florida jumped out to the early 10-4 lead in the second set forcing Mississippi State to use its first timeout of the frame – thanks in part to the serves of Marlie Monserez and Paige Hammons. Out of the timeout, Florida’s serving was the key to keeping the momentum. Three different Gators combined for five aces in the frame, allowing Florida to win 25-15.
- UF hit .367 in the second set, registering 16 kills in the frame. Kramer recorded four kills in the second set, while Hall and Dooley each pitched in three kills of their own.
- The Gators fell into an early deficit in the third set, forcing UF to use its first timeout at the 12-8 mark. Coming out of the break, Florida went on a 4-1 run to pull within one at 13-12, forcing a MSU timeout. From that point on, the team traded points, with neither team holding more than a two-point advantage. With the set tied 20-20, the Gators went on a 3-0 run behind the serves of Hargreaves. Florida closed out the match with a 2-1 run to move to 11-1 in the league.
- Florida hit .424 in the final set, holding MSU to a .114 clip. Hammons and Hall both registered five kills in the third set.
- Thayer Hall notched her 11th double-double of the season with 12 kills and 11 digs
- The Gators have now won at least 20 matches in 29-straight season (all under Mary Wise)
- Florida remains atop the SEC with an 11-1 record
- UF remains unbeaten against the Bulldogs, improving to 52-0 (43-0 under Mary Wise)
- Florida is now 48-0 against Mississippi State in three-set matches
- The Gators move to 26-0 in Starkville, Miss.
- UF improves to 12-2 in three-set matches in 2019
- The Gators return home for the first time in November to face LSU on Friday, Nov. 15
- First serve is slated for 7 p.m. on the SEC Network +
- This will serve as Florida’s brain cancer awareness game and fans are encouraged to wear gray in support
No. 12 Florida vs. LSU Broadcast Information
Time & Date: Friday, Nov. 15 | 7 p.m.
Series Information – No. 12 Florida vs. LSU
- This is the 59th meeting between the two schools
- Florida leads: 45-13 (42-5 under Mary Wise)
- 3-set: 27-7 | 4-set: 14-6 | 5-set: 4-0
- Home: 22-5 | Away: 20-6 | Neutral: 3-2
- Last Time Out: Oct. 20, 2019 | Baton Rouge, La. | W, 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-21)
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