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T’ara Ceasar sat all of last year after transferring to Florida from Georgia. In her orange and blue debut on Wednesday, she showed exactly what she is capable of as she led the Gators to a sweep of Auburn.

Florida took the first two sets by identical 25-14 scores before finishing the match with a 25-20 third set victory.

Ceasar was the story, however. Florida fans had long awaited the Panama City native’s debut. Ceasar finished with a team high 11 kills on 22 swings for a hitting clip of .364. Defensively, the 6’1 outside hitter recorded a team leading five blocks and eight digs.

While Ceasar dominated the action, junior Thayer Hall and Marlie Monserez didn’t always appear to be on the same page. Hall finished with nine kills but recorded six errors for a .088 hitting percentage.

Set 1:

The Tigers scored the first two points of 2020, but Florida quickly rallied, scoring the next four points. After an Auburn kill knotting the score at 6, Florida rattled off five straight on a Ceasar ace and kill from Hall. The Gators lead swelled to as much as 11 and the first set ended with a Thayer Hall kill.

Set 2:

Once again, Auburn got on the scoreboard first, but Thayer Hall quickly negated the Tigers’ lead. After trading points for much of the early part of the set, Florida put the game away with a 6-0 run that extended the advantage to 17-7. Yet again, Thayer Hall ended the set with an emphatic kill.

Set 3:

Set three was a back and forth affair, with Florida pulling away towards the end. Auburn stayed even with the Gators all the way to a 14-14 deadlock, before the talent on Florida’s side overcame the Tigers. Junior Haley Warner recorded five kills in the set before an Auburn service error ended the match.

Leaders:

Kills

  • Ceasar, 11
  • Hall, 9
  • Warner, 5

Blocks

  • Ceasar, 5
  • King, 3
  • Carlton, 3

Digs

  • Monserez, 11
  • Cerame, 10

Aces

  • Ceasar, 1
  • Monserez, 1

What’s next:

Florida an Auburn will face each other on Thursday to complete the back to back matchups that Covid-19 has forced the SEC into. The match is scheduled to start at 8 PM and will be aired nationally on ESPNU.

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