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VB: SEC Champions! Gators take thriller over Texas A&M

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For the 24th time, the Florida Gators are Southeastern Conference Champions.

The Gators defeated Texas A&M in a five set thriller to claim the conference title.

Note: Florida and Kentucky finished with the same record in league play and are co-champions.

How it happened

Set 1:

The Gator took set one 25-17. The Aggies scores the first three points of the match before Florida went on a 9-0 run with Thayer Hall at the service line.

The Gators hitting percentage was a solid .333 in the opening set while limiting TAMU to just a .059 clip.

Set 2:

Texas A&M settled in and won the second set 25-19. A Holly Carlton kill tied the set at 11, but the Aggies immediately went on a 11-3 run to take control of the set.

The Gators hit just .167 with six attack errors in the second set.

Set 3:

Florida seized control of the third set from the very beginning. The Gators opened the set with a 6-0 lead on a Thayer Hall service run. TAMU would get within four points at 9-5, but never any closer.

Set 4:

The Aggies battled back and claimed the fourth set 25-22. For the most part the game was back and forth, but a 5-1 run after a 17-17 tie broke the game open for TAMU.

Set 5:

With a raucous crowd ready to explode for a Gators win, Florida actually fell behind 3-0 behind a pair of attack errors. The Gators fought back and actually took an 8-7 lead at the side change.

A&M tied the score at 9 before Florida scored five straight on Marlie Monserez service run to get to match point.

The Aggies scored four straight to keep it tight, but Thayer Hall came in clutch with the kill that clinched the SEC title.

Statistically speaking

For the night, the Gators hit .215 while Texas A&M only recorded a .144 mark. Both teams recorded 59 kills offensively.

Defensively, Florida finished with ten blocks with Lauren Dooley’s five leading the way.

Senior Allie Gregory had a career high in recording 25 of Florida’s 72 digs. Marlie Monserez finished with 40 assists, while Thayer Hall led the Gators with 16 kills.

What’s Next:

Florida will find out it’s fate on Sunday’s NCAA Selection Show. The program will begin at 8:30 and will be aired on ESPNU.

Despite being ranked No. 15 in the AVCA Poll, the Gators hold the nation’s No. 9 RPI (as of 11.24).

Note: Florida held a pre-match ceremony to celebrate the program’s four seniors; Morgyn Greer, Allie Gregory, Chanelle Hargreaves, and Rachael Kramer.

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