The Florida Gators came back from two sets down to defeat Dayton and improved to 2-0 on the season.
— Gators Volleyball (@GatorsVB) August 31, 2019
A Tough Start
After rolling over No. 25 Louisville in straight sets, the Gators were expected to finish the weekend undefeated without much of a problem. However, things couldn’t have been much different in the first two sets against Dayton.
Jamie Peterson struck 11 kills in the first two sets alone. However, what was perhaps more of an issue was the amount of errors the Gators committed.
The Gators gifted 16 points to the Flyers in the first two sets off of service and attack errors.
The Gators Roar Back
A big reason for the Gators’ comeback was sophomore outside hitter Thayer Hall. After the first two sets, she had nine kills to lead Florida. However, her numbers were even better in the third and fourth sets, in which she recorded seven kills each.
Even within the individual sets, Florida needed to stay resilient. In the fourth set, early on, the Gators were at an 8-4 disadvantage. In the fifth and final set, Dayton and Florida traded blows back and forth, going point for point. However, despite their inconsistency, Mary Wise’s team got the job done.
Leaving Louisville with this sunset, two W’s, and a gritty group of Gators! pic.twitter.com/IOxPeoctwy
— Mary Wise (@GatorMary) September 1, 2019
Sophomore setter Marlie Monserez had a night to remember, racking up a total of 50 assists. The next-highest assister was Dayton’s Brooke Westbeld with 26.
One of her favorite targets was Hall. She put in work, ending the match with 25 kills to her name. For context, that’s just 11 less than the entire Dayton team managed in all five sets.
A few of the Flyers also deserve recognition for their individual performances on Saturday.
Jamie Peterson got 23 of her team’s 36 total kills. Amelia Moore matched King in blocks with six. And last, but not least, Maura Collins recorded a whopping 30 digs, almost doubling the next-highest amount any player had in the match (18).
In the end, despite their efforts, the Gators would be the team tallying another win onto their record.
The Gators will head back to Gainesville to face No. 1-ranked Stanford on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Three days later, the Gators will be in the Midwest to face No. 3 Minnesota.
While Wise will be happy with her team’s resilience tonight, she’ll know that better teams will punish early mistakes; teams like Stanford and Minnesota.
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