The No. 9 Gators women’s volleyball team swept their spring home opener against the LSU Tigers. The Gators were previously scheduled to open their spring season in a two part series against the Missouri Tigers, but the series was postponed due to a positive COVID–19 result among the Gators.
The Gators led an impressive attack. T’ara Ceasar and Holly Carlton racked up 15 and 14 points respectively to help put the Gators on top. Ceasar led the way with 14 kills, and Carlton followed with an also impressive 10. Elli McKissock also notably put up a career-high of 24 digs for the Gators.
Despite the clean sweep by Florida, LSU did not go down without putting up a fight.
How it happened
Set 1: 27-25 UF
The Gators held the early led to start out the match, grabbing a lead 15-12. A solid effort by the Tigers helped to diminish the Gators lead, and they were able to lead the Gators 25-24. However, the Tigers were not able to overpower the Gators in action after two points by Ceasar cinched the first win for Florida.
Set 2: 25-15 UF
The teams came back from a tough set strong. The teams were tied up 6-6, before the Gators went on a 4-0 run to put them on top. The Gators continued to dominate the rest of the set. They went on another 4-0 run to seal the win in the set. Notably, Florida hit a .370 clip in the frame, and they were able to hold LSU to a -.086 clip.
Set 3: 28-26 UF
The final set of the match was extremely close. The Gators went on an early 5-0 run, but the two teams went back-and-forth in an action-packed set. Neither team held much of a lead over the other until the Tigers went on a 6-1 run to give them the lead over the Gators. Two kills, one by Ceasar and a final kill by Hall, put the Gators on top and determined the fate for the Tigers.
Florida returns to the Exactech Arena on Thursday for another matchup against the LSU Tigers. The match is slated to start at 6 p.m. and is available to watch on ESPN.