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VB: Gators extend win streak to 8 after another five-set victory

Photo by Kristen Oliff / ChompTalk.com

Doing things the easy way is overrated. That’s what the No. 12 Florida Gator volleyball team must think, anyway.

The Gators’ last two matches have been five-set victories. Last Wednesday, Florida beat No. 24 Mizzou on the road. This time, the Gators took down Ole Miss in five (23-25, 25-15, 21-25, 25-14, 15-8).

At Missouri, the Gators took the first, third and fifth sets, so they either led or were even the entire match. Against Ole Miss, however, the hosts held a two-sets-to-one lead after three.

With the win, the Gators improved to 10-1 in SEC play.

Key Performers

Marlie Monserez did a phenomenal job finding her hitters in transition. The sophomore served up 63 assists on the night, good for the most in a single match in her career.

One of her favorite targets was Thayer Hall. The outside hitter led everyone with 23 kills on 63 attempts. She gave away 10 errors and ended the night with a .206 hitting percentage.

Rachael Kramer was the most consistent performer in the attack. She finished with the second-most kills in the match on 18. It only took her 30 swings, and she gave away just three errors for a .500 clip.

Solid Protection at the Net

Florida played well defensively as a unit. Five Gators picked up at least four blocks, with Holly Carlton leading the way with seven. Hall had five, and Kramer, Darrielle King and Lauren Dooley had four each.

Florida’s libero Allie Gregory dug up 22 attempts, bested only by Ole Miss’s Nicole Purcell with 23.

Team Stats

The Gators outscored the rebels across the board.

  • Kills: 73-48
  • Assists: 68-48
  • Aces: 3-0
  • Blocks 17-11
  • Digs: 81-76

What’s Next?

The Gators will finish up their run of away matches at Mississippi State on Sunday. First serve is set for 2 p.m.

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