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Gators Moving On to UCF after Sweeping Alabama State (UF & ASU Recaps)

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    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    Game Recap: Volleyball Katie Callahan UAA
    Gators Moving On After Sweep of Alabama State
    Florida advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament; Faces UCF on Friday at 7 p.m.
    Box Score | Highlights
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The 12th-ranked Florida volleyball team swept the Alabama State Hornets (25-10, 25-16, 25-20) during the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.

    Florida moves to 23-0 in the first round of the tournament and improves to 56-7 in tournament games played in Gainesville, Fla.
    The Gators were led on the offensive front by Paige Hammons and Mia Sokolowski, who both pitched in 10 kills on the evening. Rachael Kramer added eight on the night, while Holly Carlton registered seven kills of her own.

    Marlie Monserez conducted the offense, dishing out 35 assists and leading the team to a .412 clip.
    Allie Gregory led the backcourt defense, recording 17 digs on the night. That pushed her into sixth place in program history with 1,358. Hammons added the next highest dig total – posting eight in the match.
    As a team, Florida registered 5.0 blocks, led by three from Kramer.
    Hammons and Riley Fischer led behind the service line, each posting two service aces in the match.

    The Gators are back in action Friday night against UCF at 7 p.m. for NCAA Tournament second round action. UCF defeated Florida State in five sets prior to Florida's match.
    Gators Moving On After Sweep of Alabama State - Florida Gators
     
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    ASU Game Recap: Women's Volleyball | 12/5/2019 9:19:00 PM
    @BamaStateVB Season Comes to a Close Against No. 10 Florida
    Gainesville, Fla. – Alabama State was unable to slow down a hot No. 10 seed Florida in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament and dropped a 3-0 (10-25, 16-25, 20-25) decision on Thursday night in Exactech Arena.

    The 12th-ranked Gators (26-4) hit a blistering .412 with 44 kills and only nine errors while limiting the Lady Hornets (17-22) to a .126 clip with 28 kills. Additionally, Florida recorded 43 digs, five blocks and six service aces as it advanced to the second round of the tournament.

    The Lady Hornets made a huge jump from the last time the teams faced each other in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 30, 2017. Florida beat Alabama State 25-9, 25-13, 25-9. This time, Alabama State had the Gators on their heels in the final two sets.

    Junior Taira Cottingham posted a match-high 11 kills on a .321 hitting percentage. Senior Bayle' Bennett followed behind with eight kills, four digs, one assist and a service ace.
    Freshman Kimari Terrell tallied four kills on a team-high .400 hitting percentage. Junior McKenzie Boland dropped 22 assists with four digs while freshman Emersen Belles paced the defense with seven digs. Junior E'laisah Young recorded a match-high tying two service aces.
    @BamaStateVB Season Comes to a Close Against No. 10 Florida
     
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    Florida sweeps way into NCAA volleyball second round
    By Gatorsports by Jim Harvin, Correspondent Gvl Sun
    The 12th-ranked Florida volleyball team followed a basic mantra in its initial NCAA Tournament match Thursday.
    Survive and advance.

    The Gators turned back a gritty Alabama State team with a 3-0 sweep to cap first-round action.
    UF (26-4), the No. 10 seed, won by scores of 25-10, 25-16 and 25-20 before an Exactech Arena crowd of 2,022 to remain unbeaten in NCAA first-round matches all-time (23-0).

    The win was Florida’s fourth in four matches with the Hornets (17-22) – all sweeps – but Alabama State made its best showing to date.
    It may not have had the drama the first match did tonight, but there are two teams that are advancing tonight and that’s the key,” UF coach Mary Wise said. “To hit .412, and I thought our service game was really good.
    Alabama State – you could see the difference from the first time they were here. I liked how hard they played. There were some really good rallies. The most important thing for us as a team is that we’re moving on and we get to play tomorrow.”

    The Gators will meet UCF, a 3-2 winner over Florida State, in round two at 7 p.m. Friday with a berth in the NCAA Round of 16 at stake.
    Florida sweeps way into NCAA volleyball second round - GatorSports.com
     
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    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    Interesting I did not see any comment or explanation of why Thayer Hall was in sweats on the bench and not playing by UAA or the Gvl Sun?
    at least the Alligator writer mentioned it and got a comment from CMW
     
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    Florida advances to Second Round of NCAA Tournament
    Brendan Farrell, Alligator Sports Writer
    The Gators didn’t have their star player in outside hitter Thayer Hall on Thursday night. But even leaning on its bench players in Hall’s absence Florida was still fine against Alabama State.
    Florida swept the Hornets (25-10, 25-16, 25-20) Thursday night to advance to the next round of the NCAA Tournament. No. 12 Florida will host UCF tomorrow at 7 p.m.

    Coach Mary Wise said that Hall is day-to-day.
    With Hall out, the Gators spread the ball around pretty evenly. Outside hitter Paige Hammons was the only Florida player with over 20 attacks. Redshirt junior Mia Sokolowski stepped up in Hall’s absence, converting on 10 of her 19 swings with two errors. Sokolowski tied Hammons for the team lead in kills with 10.

    “For Mia, who had been out with her issues physically and hadn’t played for a while, it was really clean, just to hit the ball at a high contact point and did some really nice things,” Wise said. “And Paige, she’s our rock, just that steady player for us, be it in the front row or in the service line.”
    Twelve different Florida players appeared in the match. Players like sophomore Riley Fischer, who played in all three sets and had six digs, and sophomore Paula Cerame received significant amounts of playing time in a tournament setting.

    The gap between Florida and Alabama State was wide on paper - the two teams are over 300 spots apart from each other in RPI - but it was most evident in the first set. The Gators pummeled the Hornets to the tune of 25-10. Florida hit .560 in the set and held ASU to a hitting percentage of zero.
    The Gators got off to a slow start in the second set and found themselves trailing 11-7. Florida eventually tied it at 13 and then 14. After ASU took a 15-14 lead, the Gators recorded 11 of the next 12 points to take the set.
    Florida advances to Second Round of NCAA Tournament
     
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    College roundup
    UCF rallies to finally beat FSU, goes into 2nd round
    By Mike Gramajo sentinel
    UCF volleyball players were relaxed but driven entering the NCAA Tournament, vowing to fight to advance after getting knocked out of the tournament in the first round last season.
    The Knights delivered, rallying after falling behind 2-1 to claim a 3-2 first-round victory over Florida State on Thursday at the O’Connell Center in Gainesville.

    UCF beat FSU for the first time in 18 tries, staying poised after the Seminoles built their lead. It was the second consecutive match that UCF (25-7) went five sets to earn a victory, with the Knights previously needing five to beat Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference Tournament title game.

    “That was a tough match,” UCF coach Todd Dagenais said of the win over FSU. “We don’t feel like we played our best, and I’m sure they’re going to tell you they don’t feel like they played their best either.
    “Defensively, I thought they were as good as any defensive team we played all year. And we played some good defensive teams.”

    McKenna Melville had 20 kills and 27 digs to lead the Knights in their 25-19, 20-25, 20-25, 25-18, 15-8 victory. Outside hitter Kristina Fisher added 19 kills and 19 digs. Sisters Amber and Erin Olson finished with 29 and 23 assists, respectively.

    UCF rallies to finally beat FSU, goes into 2nd round
     
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    In Jim Harvin's article he mentions this:

    Starting outside hitter Thayer Hall and backup senior Morgan Greer did not dress for the match, with Hall, who has taken more than a thousand swings (1,035) on the season, getting a break.

    The next-highest player was Hammons (662).

    Maybe just to give Thayer's right are some rest since the games are back-to-back. Just a thought..............
     
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    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    I saw that too but the Gvl sun/harvin story was the latest of the ones I saw posted I hope hat is all it is, last year I don't think they ever said why Thayer missed the matches she did, speculation as I recall was on a back injury or problem, we will need her moving forward, I think we could get by UCF without her if it is a short term thing, they were very good last night vs FSU, both of those squads were entertaining and y pick won :)
     
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    Only caught the third set, but looked like a dominating performance. 3-0.

    Didn't see Hall playing, but she was celebrating post game with the team.
     
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    UCF gave them a battle through the halfway point of set 2, scrappy bunch and excellent defenders

    Hall was dressed but did not warm up or play at all, Thursday she was in sweats