The Florida volleyball team is now 21-5 on the season and 12-2 in the SEC after downing the Auburn Tigers in four sets. Each of the four sets ended in a score of 25-21. The Gators will return to Gainesville and begin preparations for Friday’s match against LSU.
The first set was a back-and-forth battle. Florida was up just 20-19 before a three-point service run by Allie Monserez put the team within winning range. A kill from Holly Carlton clinched the first frame.
The Gators hit just .212 in the set, racking up eleven kills in the process. However, the team capitalized on 14 Auburn errors to get the win. Mia Sokolowski‘s four kills led the way, but Paige Hammons added three, as well.
Florida was down 18-15 late in the set, but came back with a vengeance on a 7-1 run. The Gators ended up holding on for the win.
The team hit slightly better, with a clip of .237, but held the Tigers to a .147 hitting percentage. Rachael Kramer went on a kill streak (7) and Hammons once again posted three.
Auburn, not wanting a shutout, fought hard to push the match to a fourth set. After an 11-11 deadlock, the Tigers took advantage of the momentum and got the win, despite three consecutive errors late in the match.
The Gators were held to a .138 clip, but managed 13 kills. This time, Hammons contributed six and Taelor Kellum pitched in three.
Florida got its 12th conference win after a 5-2 run put the team up 20-17 late in the game. Auburn almost forced a fifth set, bringing the score to 23-21. But, back-to-back kills from Hammons and Allie Monserez prevented that from happening.
Florida barely made its hits fall, posting just a .103 hit clip. However, Auburn was held to just .053.
Paige Hammons controlled the court today with a career-high 17 kills. Just last week, Hammons set a career-high of 16 kills.
Rachael Kramer also killed in double-digits logging 10. She hit .353 on the match.
The Monserez sisters combined for 34 assists, with 25 coming from Allie and nine from Marlie. Allie Monserez also registered eleven digs, making for her eleventh double-double on the season.
Allie Gregory led the team in digs once again, this time with 17.
Taelor Kellum made five blocks throughout the match, contributing to the squad’s ten overall.
The Gators will take on the LSU Tigers in the O’Dome on Friday. This will be the second meeting of the season between these two teams. Earlier in the season, Florida shut out LSU in Baton Rouge.