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The Florida Gators are now 2-2 on the season after falling victim to back-to-back sweeps from top-10 opposition. First, it came from No. 1 Stanford at home. This time, it was No. 8 Minnesota in Minneapolis.

The Gators are now 1-4 in all-time meetings with the Golden Gophers.

Match Rundown

Despite another loss (25-20, 25-17, 25-22), the Gators put up a better fight against the Golden Gophers than they mustered against the Cardinal. Looking to the final stats, the Gators almost matched Minnesota in several areas of play. For example, Minnesota registered 44 kills to Florida’s 38 and 41 assists to 37. The Gators even led in total blocks; 8.5 to five.

However, where the margin of error gets clearer is when looking at the teams’ total errors and hitting percentage. Overall, the Gators hit for .137 percent and committed 21 errors. The Golden Gophers, on the other hand, hit for .242 percent and committed only 14 errors.

The Best Gators on Display

Thayer Hall was the only Gator to reach double digits in kills on the night with 11. Paige Hammons and Holly Carlton came close, having ended the match with nine each.

On the defensive side of things, Allie Gregory tied her match-best in digs with 22. Rachael Kramer led the Gators in blocks with four, followed closely by Darrielle King and Hall with three each.

What’s Next?

Next, the Gators return home to host the Honda of Gainesville Gator Invitational. Florida will face USF again on Friday at noon. Later that night, at 7, Florida faces James Madison. Lastly, on Saturday, the Gators will face Long Beach State.

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