Photo by Brian Fox | ChompTalk

After splitting a home series against Mississippi State last weekend and falling eight spots in the latest rankings, No. 22 Florida swept Georgia Wednesday night in Athens — marking its 10th straight road victory against the Bulldogs. The win improves Florida’s conference record to 2-1 — seventh in the SEC — and brings its overall record to 8-5.

Sets 1-2

The Gators cruised to an opening set victory and dominated Georgia in terms of efficiency. Florida recorded 16 kills and only one error (.536), while the Bulldogs landed just seven kills and committed five errors (.071). Freshman outside hitter Merritt Beason led Florida with five kills. In the second set, Florida had the statistical advantage once again and was in command from start to finish.

Set 3

Trailing 20-15, Florida scored five straight points to tie the set before seesawing points forced a win-by-two tiebreaker. Knotted up at 24, Beason landed her eighth kill of the match to give the Gators match point and an attacking error on Georgia — its 16th of the night — clinched Florida’s 38th win all-time versus UGA. Florida setter Marlie Monserez was spectacular in the final set; the senior tallied 15 assists and added an ace and a block.

Box Score

No. 22 Florida: 25-25-26

Georgia: 14-17-24

Stat Leaders

Aces

Ceasar: 3

Beason: 2

Monserez: 1

Kills

Ceasar: 13

Hall: 11

Beason/Forte: 8

Assists

Monserez: 40

Hall: 1

Digs

McKissock: 10

Hall: 7

Beason: 6

Blocks

Dooley: 5

Ceasar/Forte: 3

Next Up

The Gators return to the O’Connell Center Saturday where they’ll welcome Ole Miss in a weekend series. Florida swept the Rebels twice on the road last season and is 26-0 in the all-time series dating back to 2002. Saturday’s match is scheduled for 3 p.m. and Sunday’s match will start at 1 p.m.

Leave a Reply