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VB: Gators’ Lauren Dooley Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week

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Lauren Dooley has been named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week following her performances against Arkansas and Texas A&M.

The Numbers

Dooley was in unstoppable form against the Razorbacks on Friday. In just three sets, Dooley put up an incredible 12 blocks.

She was involved in nearly every blocking play the Gators had. As a team, Florida had 13 blocks on the night.

Dooley followed up Friday’s match with another solid performance against Texas A&M. In the Gators’ five-set victory, Dooley recorded five blocks.

Over the two matches, she averaged 2.125 blocks per set.

Dooley’s introduction into the team has brought a renewed energy at the net. While Darrielle King was doing a good job offensively for the Gators early on in the season, Dooley offers more balance at the middle blocker position. Even when Rachael Kramer has missed matches due to injury, Dooley has continued to perform at a consistent level.

What’s Next?

Next up, the Gators will return to Exactech Arena to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks on Wednesday. The Gators have won 10 of their last 11 matches.

The last time Florida faced South Carolina was in November of last year. The Gators hosted the match and ended up winning in straight sets.

Under head coach Mary Wise, the Gators have a 52-2 record against the Gamecocks. Wednesday’s match will begin at 8 p.m.

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