Florida volleyball is now 5-3 after taking part in the Lumberjack Invitational. The Gators played a total of three matches, which ended in a sweep, a loss, and a win.
CSUN (W 3-0)
The Gators’ first match was an easy one. The score breakdown for each set was 25-12, 25-18, and 25-12.
Florida posted an overall clip of .409, a season-high, while holding the Matadors to just .025 percent.
Superstar freshman Thayer Hall and UNC transfer Holly Carlton notched seven kills apiece, with junior Rachael Kramer and freshman Haley Warner making six each. Kramer also blocked five Matador efforts.
Coach Mary Wise was pleased with her team by the end of the night, saying, “In a match where we have the size advantage, the stat line we would hope to see show up is blocks and it did today. This was one of our better blocking performances this early in the season.”
Northern Arizona (L 3-2)
In a more surprising game, Florida dropped its third match of the season against Northern Arizona in five sets. The Lumberjacks hosted the invitational and did not let the Gators get away.
The score breakdown was 25-19 (NA), 25-22 (UF), 25-20 (NA), 25-20 (UF), and 15-13 (NA).
This is the team’s first loss to an unranked team all season. However, Florida’s usual suspects filled their stat sheets. Carlton, Hall, and Kramer posted 19, 17, and 17 kills, respectively, with Kramer also making six blocks. Redshirt senior Allie Monserez dished out a season-best 47 assists and freshman Allie Gregory finished with a career-high 22 digs.
The shocking win moved Northern Arizona to a 7-2 record, while the Gators dropped to 4-3.
Southern Illinois (W 3-1)
The final match at the Lumberjack Invitational was a positive one for the Gators, coming up with a four-set win over Southern Illinois.
After falling 25-17 in the first set, Florida came back swinging winning the next three sets 25-12, 25-10 and 25-16.
Kramer and Hall had the most amount of kills with 17 and 12, respectively. Kramer once again had six blocks. To top off her night, Kramer posted a season high .636 hitting mark.
The two wins and one loss set Florida’s overall record at 5-3 heading into Wednesday’s matchup at Florida State. The Seminoles are currently 5-4, with a 4-0 record at home.