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The No. 12 Florida Gators opened SEC play with a sweep against the visiting Auburn Tigers (25-12, 25-18, 25-12). The Gators have now won eight straight matches, with the last five coming in straight sets.

Team Leaders

Thayer Hall once again led the way in kills with 14 on 27 attempts. Paige Hammons followed with eight on 16 swings. Auburn’s kill leader was Tatum Shipes with four.

Marlie Monserez racked up 30 assists and five kills. SEC Defensive Player of the Week Allie Gregory picked up 11 digs in the backcourt for the Gators. Rachael Kramer and Lauren Dooley led the way in blocks with three each.

Overall, the Gators hit .427. While they hit efficiently all night, Florida struggled tremendously in service. They gave the Tigers 18 points via service errors; nearly half of their total 42 points.

Gators’ Corner

Head Coach Mary Wise looked at the performance optimistically. She believes that the Gators can bounce back from such a poor serving performance and believes it was simply an outlier.

“We weren’t as clean as I’d hoped, but it’s still only September,” said Wise.

Hall, who only had one attack error from 27 swings, gave all of the credit to the backcourt and her setter.

“I think nights where our hitters have good nights are testiment to the backcourt and Marlie,” said Hall. “They make us look good and make our job look easy.”

Next Up

Florida will play its second SEC game Sunday against the Georgia Bulldogs at 1 p.m. The Bulldogs are 8-3 on the season and have won five straight. Follow @JEricksonReport on twitter for live updates.

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