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After dominating Texas A&M at home last Saturday, No. 23 Florida swept Alabama Wednesday night in Tuscaloosa — marking its fifth sweep victory in their last seven matches dating back to Sept. 29.

The Gators recorded one fewer kill (35) than the Crimson Tide but were far more efficient. Florida committed only nine errors —the fourth time it has recorded single-digit errors in the past six matches — throughout the match for a .295 hitting percentage. Meanwhile, Alabama made 24 errors en route to a .106 hitting percentage. In each of the first two sets, Florida held Alabama’s hitting percentage under .050.

Freshman middle blocker Bre Kelley led the Gators with a career-high six blocks. The 6-foot-4-inch Rockwall, Texas, native produced offensively, too. Kelly landed five of eight attack attempts for a career-high .625 hitting percentage.

Florida outside hitter Thayer Hall landed a team-high 11 kills, which marks the senior’s 10th match with double-digit kills.

The Gators struggled serving the ball; no individual player recorded more than one ace and the team combined for 11 service errors — just the sixth time it has tallied double-digit service errors this season.

Box Score

Florida: 25-25-25

Alabama: 17-19-22

Individual Stat Leaders


  • Hall/Ceasar/Monserez/Adams: 1


  • Hall: 11
  • Beason: 8
  • Ceasar: 6


  • Monserez: 29
  • McKissock: 4


  • McKissock: 13
  • Ceasar: 10
  • Hall: 9


  • Kelley: 6
  • Beason: 4
  • Forte/Ceasar: 3

Next Up

The Gators will wrap up their road trip Saturday in Columbia, Mo., where they’ll face Mizzou at 6 p.m. The Tigers are winless at home this season their 1-6 conference record ranks last in the SEC.

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