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Florida volleyball remains undefeated in the SEC after last Friday’s win in Oxford, Mississippi. The Gators dropped a close first set, but came back and won the next three. The team registered a program-high 23 blocks against the Rebels.

Set 1

Florida put up a fight in set one. A kill from junior Rachael Kramer tied the score up at 15. But, Ole Miss capitalized on its home-court advantage, went on a 10-5 run, and took the first frame.

The Gators hit a low .194 in the set, but were able to rack up 13 kills. Holly Carlton led the way with four, with Taelor Kellum and Kramer adding three apiece.

Set 2

Much like the first set, a Kramer kill made the score 15-15. This time, Florida used the media timeout to regroup and play grittier. The Gators then took a 22-20 lead (the largest after the media timeout). Carlton posted two kills and Paige Hammons added another to seal the deal.

Hitting was stronger in this set, with a .282 clip, compared to Ole Miss’ .045. Thayer Hall made seven kills, while Kramer nabbed four.

Set 3

After forcing a 9-4 lead, Florida maintained at least a 3-point cushion for the remainder of the set. The team hit a match-high .424, posting 16 kills in the process, including seven from Carlton and four from Kramer.

Set 4

The momentum was all Gators and the Rebels failed to find a way to score after an early 10-1 deficit. Florida went on to take the match off of a 25-15 set four. The team hit .250, holding Ole Miss to a paltry -.029 hitting percentage.

Gator Notables

The Gators 23 blocks throughout the match broke a program record that has been in place since 1999.

Taelor Kellum matched her career-high of 12 kills, but three more Gators in Holly Carlton (17), Thayer Hall (13), and Rachael Kramer (10) also made kills in double-digits. Kramer left the match with a double-double, pairing her ten kills with a career-high eleven blocks.

Florida is now 9-0 in the SEC and riding a 14-game winning streak.

Up Next

On Sunday, the Gators will be back in the Exactech Arena to host Missouri.

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