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VB: Gators sweep Mississippi State on the road

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The 12th-ranked Florida Gators defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs in straight sets (25-18, 25-15, 25-21) to improve to 11-1 in SEC play. Florida has now won nine straight matches; the longest streak in the conference.


The Gators played very well offensively. As a team, Florida hit for .402 to the host’s .189. Thayer Hall led the way in kills with 12, followed by Paige Hammons and Lauren Dooley with 10 each.

Dooley was the most consistent option in the attack. She finished with her 10 kills on just 12 attacks and made no errors for a .833 clip.

Marlie Monserez had another fantastic match setting up her hitters. She wracked up 42 assists in the three frames. In addition, she picked up four kills on six swings. There’s a very good chance she’ll be picking up another SEC Setter of the Week honor for her performances against the two Mississippi-based programs.

Allie Gregory and Hall led the Gators defensively with 14 and 12 digs respectively. Florida struggled to defend the net, finishing with just two blocks in the match to the host’s six.

Florida also had a good day serving the ball. They notched seven aces as a team. Chanelle Hargreaves, Riley Fischer and Hammons all had two, and Gregory chipped in with one.

What’s Next?

The Gators will return home for the next two matches after three straight on the road. First up, Florida faces LSU on Friday at 7 p.m. The Tigers are 7-6 in conference play and have won three straight.

After that, Florida gets a rematch against No. 18 Kentucky. Last time out, the Wildcats defeated the Gators in five sets in Lexington. First serve is set for 3 p.m. next Sunday.

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