The Florida Gators volleyball team finished the regular season 24-6 (15-3 SEC) with a three-set sweep over the South Carolina Gamecocks on Friday. The Gators got the win on Senior Night, where seniors Allie Monserez and Taelor Kellum were honored for their contributions to the team.
Florida led by as much as 19-9 late in the match, but South Carolina went on two separate runs to pull the score to 23-20, Gators. The Gamecocks’ luck ran out, though, as they committed a service error, bringing Florida to set-point. A Holly Carlton kill sealed the deal and Florida eked this one out 25-21.
As a team, the Gators hit .300, posting 14 kills on the frame. Rachael Kramer was responsible for four of the kills, while Paige Hammons and Carlton notched three apiece.
Florida led the Gamecocks 15-12 halfway through, but it was pretty tit-for-tat until that point. Once again, the Gators led 23-20 late in the set. But, this time, South Carolina brought the score to 23-22. Carlton and Mia Sokolowski each made a kill to close out the set and push Florida to 2-0 in the match.
The squad hit slightly better this time around at .350. They also forced 18 kills in set two. Hammons led the way with four, but Kramer, Thayer Hall, Kellum, and Carlton all contributed three.
The Gators were down 5-4 early on, but a service run behind Paula Cerame and Allie Gregory made the score 12-5, Florida. All the momentum was behind the home team and the Gators closed out the set 25-16 and won the match on their Senior Night.
The team hit .344 in the final set and Hammons dazzled with a stellar six kills.
Paige Hammons, who has been one of the team’s strongest offensive presences as of late, registered 13 kills in the match.
Rachael Kramer, Holly Carlton, and Taelor Kellum each contributed 8 kills on the night as well. All three players all hit over .400 against the Gamecocks.
The Monserez sisters combined for 39 assists, with Allie making 26 sets and Marlie making 13.
Once again, Allie Gregory led the squad in digs, this time with 17. This match was the 27th time Gregory topped that category this season.
Now that the regular season is over, Florida is looking forward to the National Championship. Last season, the team placed second overall. This year, the Gators are waiting to find out their seed and whether or not they will get home-court advantage for the first two rounds. The NCAA Tournament selection show airs Sunday evening at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNU.