The Florida Gators volleyball team cannot stop “sweeping” the floor against SEC opponents. The Gators picked up their fourth consecutive conference sweep and thirteenth victory of the season after beating the Alabama Crimson Tide in three sets.
An Allie Monserez service run took the Gators from a one-point deficit (8-7) to a five-point lead (14-9). Florida quickly racked up nine more points to gain set-point advantage, but a 3-0 run by the Tide brought the score to 24-20. Then, Holly Carlton notched the kill to give the Gators a first set victory.
The Gators hit .222 and 13 kills in the frame, while holding Alabama to just .022. Carlton’s four kills led the set, with Taelor Kellum and Rachel Kramer posting three apiece.
In a less comfortable set, the Tide was neck-and-neck with the Gators, leading 15-14, until Florida went on a 4-0 tear behind Thayer Hall and Kramer. Florida maintained a lead for the rest of the set. However, Alabama managed to pull within two at 22-20. A Kellum kill and a Hall ace sealed set two.
Florida hit worse, only posting .133, but created two more kill opportunities (15) than in the first set. Kellum (5) and Hall (4) were the kill leaders of the frame. Bama hit .086.
UF hit a match-high .324 and 13 kills in set 3, but this set was the shakiest for the Gators. Florida was down 23-22 late, but “Hammer” Paige Hammons pounded back-to-back kills for set point.
Alabama sailed one over to tie it up again, but this time Kramer was the Gator with back-to-back points, scoring off a kill and a block.
Taelor Kellum led Florida with a career-high 12 kills… the same amount of digs Allie Gregory led the team with. Rachael Kramer’s six blocks led the entire match and Allie Monserez’s 18 assists led the Gators for the fourteenth consecutive match.
Florida continued its all-time shutout of Alabama, with a record of 45-0. 41 of those matches have ended in three sets. The last time the Tide even took a set from the Gators was October 3, 2008.
The Gators (13-3, 4-0) head back to the Swamp for a Friday match against Texas A&M. Florida will be looking for its fifth straight sweep and tenth straight win overall.