The Florida Gators volleyball team playing in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center-Florida Gators Volleyball-1000×666 Special report on the Florida Gators volleyball team:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida remained undefeated (13-0, 5-0 SEC) with a thrilling sweep of Georgia Sunday (Oct. 8) afternoon inside Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The No. 1 Gators won the first set handily and ground out two-point wins in the second and third sets, the latter of which saw them turn a 24-19 deficit into a 27-25 win.
Three-time All-American middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan led the Gators’ offense with 14 kills and a .571 hitting percentage. The Glenarden, Md. native added four blocks to total a match-high 17.5 points.
Senior outside hitter Carli Snyder chipped in 10 kills, sophomore middle blocker Rachael Kramer had seven, and fifth-year senior right side Shainah Joseph tallied five. Defensively, four Gators had at least eight digs, including senior libero Caroline Knop , who had a team-high 13. Snyder, Allie Gregory , and Allie Monserez had eight digs apiece. Kramer had seven blocks and setter Cheyenne Huskey had five, helping the Gators to yet another match with double-digit blocks.
The victory elevates Mary Wise ’s career win total to 888, tying former Pacific and Stanford head coach John Dunning for the seventh-most wins in Division I history and 13th-most wins in NCAA history (all three divisions).
NOTABLES Florida held Georgia to a .075 hitting percentage, marking the fourth time this year it held an opponent under a .100 clip
The Gators’ 13 blocks tied their second-highest total of the year and highest total in a three-set match this year (Tennessee, Sept. 29)
o Florida has recorded 12-plus blocks in four of its last five matches The Gators have never lost a match during the regular season as the nation’s No. 1 team (26-0 record) and boast a 31-2 all-time record at No. 1
Florida improved its all-time record against Georgia to 62-9, along with a 59-1 mark under head coach Mary Wise
Florida’s 13-0 start is the fourth-longest winning streak to open a season in school history, trailing 16-0 starts in 1987 and 2007, as well as the 28-0 start to the 1995 campaign
Florida travels to Oxford, Miss. to face Ole Miss Friday (Oct. 13) night and return home for a Sunday (Oct. 15) showdown with No. 10 Kentucky. The top-10 matchup with Kentucky will be broadcast by SEC Network. Florida Gators vs. LSU Tigers photo gallery
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