The No. 13 Florida Gators put away the LSU Tigers in straight sets in Baton Rouge (25-20, 25-20, 25-21). The Gators have now won four straight matches and sit at 6-1 in SEC play.
It’s a GREAT day to pick up the SWEEP on the road 🧹
— Gators Volleyball (@GatorsVB) October 20, 2019
Lack of Blocking
While the Gators have dominated at the net in recent weeks, Florida only mustered two blocks against LSU — the same number as the hosts. Lauren Dooley picked up two to lead Florida, followed by Paige Hammons and Thayer Hall with one.
However, Florida’s senior libero, Allie Gregory, had a phenomenal game in the backcourt. She and LSU’s Samarah Hill co-led the game with 18 digs, followed by Marlie Monserez and LSU’s Taylor Bannister with 10 each.
Monserez not only put in a shift in the defensive department; she did pretty well setting up her hitters. She dished out 40 assists to lead the match.
Hall and Bannister were competing to see who would lead the game in kills. Bannister ended up winning the battle, securing 20 to Hall’s 18. After those two, the next-highest tallies were Holly Carlton with 12 and Hammons and LSU’s Hill with eight.
Florida had a difficult time dealing with Bannister. She took 42 total swings and committed four errors to end the match with a .381 hitting percentage.
Hall was nearly as consistent. She also took 42 swings, but she gave away five errors for a clip of .310.
As a team, the Gators hit .276 to LSU’s .214. Florida led in kills (47-40), assists (42-38) and digs (52-51), while both teams picked up two blocks and four service aces.
Next up, the Florida Gators return home to face Alabama on Friday. Alabama recently lost to LSU last Friday and have lost their last two. They currently sit at 11-7 overall with a 3-4 record in the SEC. That match will tip off at 7 p.m.
After that, the Gators remain at home to play the Tennessee Volunteers on Sunday. Like Alabama, the Vols have lost their last two. They sit at 9-9, 3-5 in conference play. First serve is set for 1 p.m.