The No. 13 Florida Gators held off 24th-ranked Mizzou in the fifth set on Wednesday (25-22, 17-25, 29-27, 20-25, 15-12) to improve to 9-1 in the SEC.
It was quite a back-and-forth affair. The Gators won the first, third and fifth sets, while the Tigers won the second and fourth sets.
— Gators Volleyball (@GatorsVB) October 31, 2019
How It Happened
In the first set, Florida led 16-8 at one point. However, the hosts mounted a bit of a comeback toward the end, bringing the score to 24-22, but it was too little, too late.
The Gators also had a lead in the second set, albeit a narrow one. Florida led 8-6 after the first 14 points, but the Tigers put together a 12-to-2 run in the next 14 to even up the frame count.
Set 3 was close from the jump. Florida picked up the first four points, followed by Mizzou collecting the next six. It stayed neck and neck until the very end, but the Gators pulled out a 29-27 win.
In the fourth, the Gators played from behind for the entirety of the frame. Once Missouri got the lead at 3-2, Florida couldn’t muster enough of a comeback. The score ended 25-20 in favor of the hosts.
In the fifth and final set, Florida had to play from behind once again. The Tigers led 8-4 at one point. Then, the Gators scored the next nine of 11 points to take the lead and close out the match.
For the second-straight match, the Gators had four players with 10 or more kills. Thayer Hall led her team with 19 kills; none more important than the match-point kill in the fifth set. Holly Carlton followed with 13, and Paige Hammons and Rachael Kramer had 12 each.
No one had a particularly great hitting day. Kramer was the most consistent (.348), but Hall (.231), Carlton (.257) and Hammons (.184) struggled to find consistency.
Mizzou’s Kylie Deberg led the game with 27 kills. However, she also had 10 errors on 67 swings, bringing her to a clip of .254.
Allie Gregory led the team in digs with 16 followed by Hammons and Monserez with 10 each.
Missouri outscored the Gators in most team stats. The hosts led in overall points (111-106), kills (68-63), hitting percentage (.274-.247), assists (61-58) and aces (9-8). The only categories Florida held the advantage was for blocks (13.0-11.0) and errors (22-25).
Florida’s next test will be at Ole Miss on Friday at 7:30 p.m. After that, the Gators will round out the weekend with another away fixture at Mississippi State on Sunday at 2 p.m.