The 13th-ranked Florida Gators improved to 8-1 in conference play with a three-sets-to-one victory over Tennessee (25-18, 25-20, 20-25, 25-17) in the O’Dome on Sunday.
Finished out the weekend with another W at home!
— Gators Volleyball (@GatorsVB) October 27, 2019
Four different Gators reached at least 10 kills on the night. Paige Hammons led the way for Florida with 15 kills on 33 attempts.
Through the first two sets, she had nine kills on 14 swings. This was only bested by Rachael Kramer. She picked up six kills in the first set and four in the second. She finished the game with 13 kills on 23 attacks and four errors for a clip of .391.
The other two Gators to reach double digits in the kill column were Thayer Hall and Holly Carlton. Hall finished with 13 on 37, and Carlton completed the match with 10 on 22. She got her 10th on the final match point.
None of the Gators could keep up with Tennessee’s Tessa Grubbs. She put away 22 kills on 42 attempts and gave away four errors for a .429 clip.
What’s perhaps even more impressive than the Gators’ balance in kills was their balance defensively. Four players picked up at least 10 digs. Allie Gregory and Marlie Monserez led the way with 18 each, and Hammons and Hall added another 11 each.
Lauren Dooley had another solid performance at the net with a team-high five blocks. UT’s Alyssa Andreno also picked up five blocks.
One of the biggest factors differentiating the hosts and guests was serving efficiency. The Volunteers gave away 14 service errors to Florida’s eight. Additionally, the Gators picked up four aces to just one from Tennessee.
Overall, Florida was the more efficient team. Although Tennessee had 19 more attacks, the Gators finished with one more kill. One of the reasons for this was the Gators’ phenomenal team play to dig up many of the Vols’ attacks. As a team, Florida finished with 72 digs to Tennessee’s 55.
Next up, the Gators will hit the road to face No. 25 Missouri in Columbia. First serve is set for 9 p.m. on Wednesday.