The No. 11 Florida Gators defeated the No. 23 Florida State Seminoles in straight sets (25-21, 27-25, 25-14) to win their fourth consecutive match of the season.
A Look at FSU
Heading into the match, FSU was on a decent run of their own. They had won their last three in straight sets, defeating RV TCU, Stony Brook and St. John’s. In addition, earlier in the season, they defeated No. 3 Minnesota in straight sets. The Gators, on the other hand, got swept by the Golden Gophers.
Historically, the Gators have the edge over the Seminoles. Overall, Florida leads the series with a 42-20 record. Under Mary Wise, the Gators are 35-6. In their previous meeting, the Gators won in three sets; just like Tuesday’s match.
After a back-and-forth first set, FSU led the second 10-4 early on. However, the Gators came back through a well-rounded team effort. FSU helped give Florida points from four straight attacking errors to get them going. Then, the likes of Thayer Hall, Marlie Monserez, Lauren Dooley and Rachael Kramer put them away with multiple kills each.
The third set wasn’t close, as the Gators got off to a 13-2 lead and never looked back.
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Hall, Monserez and Dooley led the way for the Gators offensively. Hall led the game with 15 kills, followed by Paige Hammons‘ 10 and Dooley’s nine. Monserez got 40 assists.
Overall, the Gators had a hitting percentage of .322 compared to FSU’s .150. Dooley continued her offensive efficiency, picking up her nine kills from just 13 attempts.
“From an offensive standpoint, I thought Marlie was her best today,” said Wise. “It’s pretty heroic what she’s doing to be able to control the ball as well as she was, and as a result, giving our hitters such good looks.”
“It was a great team effort tonight,” said Monserez. “Everyone came in ready to play, ready to compete, and we all knew our game plan and our roles and how to do it.”
Next, the Gators will host the Gator Invitational beginning Friday at 10 a.m. Florida will face Liberty at noon on Friday, Northern Arizona at 7 p.m., and Louisiana at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.