Florida head coach Mary Wise talks with her team before their match against New Hampshire. “[It] sure lived up to its billing. Easily one of the most disappointing losses.”
Those were the words Florida volleyball head coach Mary Wise used to describe Saturday night’s match in Gainesville. In a five set thriller, Florida fell to in-state rival Florida State in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Volleyball Tournament. A tough loss, but still a tremendous team and still a great season. We’ll see you all in 2017. pic.twitter.com/zoGLm43QKz — Gators Volleyball (@GatorsVB) December 4, 2016 The Game
During the regular season, it was the Gators who defeated the Seminoles 3-1. After the first two sets of Saturday night’s match, it looked like Florida would win again. The Gators held Florida State to 13 points in the first set, 25-13. Florida State managed to improve in the second set, but Florida still outdid them, 25-19. When the two teams left the court after the second set, it looked like the Gators had it all figured out. Set 1: Set 2: One more. Get loud, #LemDome #GoGators pic.twitter.com/qW8e8GTRYq — Gators Volleyball (@GatorsVB) December 4, 2016 And then Florida State came back out with a mission in mind.
The Gators led from the very beginning of the third set. Florida made it to 18 points, before Florida State went on a 4-0 run to tie up the set and later take the set, 25-23. From there on, the table turned on the Gators. The Seminoles went on a 6-0 run in the beginning of the fourth set. Florida never led in the fourth set, which Florida State took 25-19. The fifth set was a set of back-and-forth between the two teams, before the Seminoles went on a 3-0 run where Melanie Keil ended the match with an ace. Key Notes
Despite the loss, the Gators led the Seminoles in every category but blocks. Florida State held the Gators to only eight blocks, compared to their own 10.
Alex Holston led both teams in kills with 23. Katie Horton led Florida State with 18 kills of her own, tying with Florida’s Carli Snyder. Thanks to three aces from Allie Monserez and one each from Chanelle Hargreaves and Darrielle King, the Gators had five aces in Saturday night’s match.
Though they did have the most aces during the match, Florida did suffer from their serves. The Gators had 15 service errors throughout the match.
Florida’s Carli Snyder noted that in the end, Florida State just got the best of them . Looking Forward
For the only Gator senior and three-time All-American Alex Holston, Saturday night was her last chance to be an NCAA champion; her last match as a Florida Gator. She definitely won’t be forgotten, though. After Saturday night’s match, Holston holds the fifth spot all time for Floirda for kills (1,506) for the Gators. — Gators Volleyball (@GatorsVB) November 13, 2016 Saturday night’s loss wasn’t the way Mary Wise wanted Holston’s Florida career to end .