The Florida volleyball team extended its SEC record to 8-0 after sweeping the Alabama Crimson Tide. Earlier in the season, the Gators swept the Tide in Tuscaloosa. Today, the team did inside the Exactech Arena.
Alabama was clearly out for revenge in this strong first set. The two teams were tied 21-21 until the Gators pulled away based on two Bama errors, an ace (Holly Carlton), and a kill (Paige Hammons).
In the frame, Florida hit a .400 clip and 15 kills. Carlton and freshman Thayer Hall made four kills apiece.
Florida had a much easier time this set, never trailing. The Tide lost some momentum, committing 15 errors and hitting just -.030. However, the Gators did not put on a show, hitting .250. Carlton and Hammons led the way in kills with three each.
Two nice service runs from Carlton gave Florida a 20-10 advantage. Freshman Lauren Dooley registered a clean block, giving the Gators match point and seventh sweep this season.
Six Gators made an offensive impact, hitting over .300 – Marlie Monserez (1.000), Taelor Kellum (.583), Mia Sokolowski (.500), Holly Carlton (.471), Rachael Kramer (.400) and Paige Hammons (.308).
Florida has never lost to Alabama, moving to 46-0 all-time.
On Friday, Florida gets a rematch against Ole Miss after hosting the Rebels for their home opener.