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After suffering three straight losses, Florida bounced back with a pair of 3-0 home victories over Coastal Carolina last weekend. The Gators will enter SEC action this week with a 6-4 overall record.

Saturday’s Match

After they allowed their previous five opponents to record hitting percentages above .200, the Gators held the Chanticleers under that mark in both weekend matches (.143 and .196 respectively).

Offensively, Florida’s efficiency improved drastically following several shaky performances. Florida outside hitters Sophia Victoria (14) and T’ara Ceasar (13) led the team in kills and freshman Gabbi Essix added a career-high six kills.

Gators setter Marlie Monserez filled the stat sheet with 38 assists, eight digs, five kills on just six attempts (.833) and a pair of aces. The senior Windermere, Fla., native posted 124 assists in matches last week and earned her seventh career SEC Setter of the Week honors.

Knotted up at 11 in the third set, Florida scored 14 of the next 18 points to clinch the match in straight sets.

Box Score

Coastal Carolina: 22-19-15

No. 14 Florida: 25-25-25

Stat Leaders

Aces

Ceasar/Monserez: 2

Hall: 1

Kills

Victoria: 14

Ceasar: 13

Essix: 6

Assists

Monserez: 38

Hall: 5

McKissock: 3

Digs

McKissock: 14

Monserez: 8

Ceasar: 7

Blocks

Dooley: 6

Hall: 3

Victoria: 2

Sunday’s Match

Florida came out hot in the opening set in which its incredible efficiency led to another double-digit victory. The Gators landed 13 kills on 22 attempts with only one error (.545). Victoria and Ceasar once again led the way with 14 and 13 kills respectively. After the Peurtan Rican sophomore tallied a career-high 24 kills last Wednesday against Florida State, Victoria earned her first SEC Offensive Player of the Week accolade.

Ceasar recorded 11 digs, which marks her fourth double-double in the last six games.

Freshman defensive specialist Trinity Adams served her first career ace Saturday before she led the team with four aces Sunday. Sophomore middle blocker Nnedi Okammor boosted the team’s hitting percentage after she landed a season-high three kills on four attempts (.750).

Box Score

Coastal Carolina: 15-19-21

No. 14 Florida: 25-25-25

Stat Leaders

Aces

Adams: 4

Ceasar: 3

Victoria: 1

Kills

Victoria: 14

Ceasar: 13

Monserez: 6

Assists

Monserez: 36

McKissock: 5

Ceasar: 2

Digs

Ceasar: 11

Victoria/McKissock: 9

Blocks

Dooley: 5

Monserez: 3

Victoria: 2

Next Up

The Gators — now ranked No. 17 — will look to remain in the win column Thursday when they kick off conference play at home against Mississippi State. The match is will start at 7 p.m. and air on SEC Network+.

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