VB: Gators Pick Up Fourth Straight Sweep Ahead of SEC Play

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The No. 11 Florida Gators finished off the Gators Invitational with a sweep over Louisiana Lafayette (25-15, 25-14, 25-18).

Florida has now swept its last four opponents and won seven straight matches. Now, the Gators will start SEC play against Auburn on Friday.

Key Stats

As a team, the Gators hit .302 overall. This is vastly higher than that of the Ragin’ Cajuns. They finished the night with a .037 hitting percentage.

Florida registered a total of 43 kills to Louisiana’s 28, and 13 blocks to two.

Holly Carlton led the Gators with 11 kills on 29 attacks. Thayer Hall added 10 from 34 attempts.

Defensively, Rachael Kramer led everyone with four blocks. Marlie Monserez and Mia Sokolowski pitched in with three each.

A few Gators put up some career-high statistics in the match. Allie Gregory picked up a whopping 24 digs on the night, followed closely by Monserez with 17. Both stats proved to be career highs for Gregory and Monserez.

Gators Invitational Awards

Thayer Hall was named tournament MVP for her performances against Liberty, Northern Arizona and Louisiana. Over the three matches, she put up 33 kills and four service aces.

After the first day, Gators Head Coach Mary Wise praised her performances, saying that Hall was the “key story” from the opening matches. While she slowed down on day two, only hitting .206, she was still deemed the tournament’s best.

Onto a New Challenge

The end of the Gators Invitational marks the beginning of Florida’s SEC matchups. Their first match comes against Auburn on Friday at 7 p.m. at Exactech Arena.

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