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After dropping the first set to Tennessee by three points, Florida bounced back and won the next three sets to record its fourth consecutive win and its eighth in the last nine matches.

The Gators improve to 8-3 at home this season and 9-2 in conference play — tied for second in the SEC with Mississippi State.

Team Stats

The Lady Vols hit .484 in the first set, but Florida held Tennessee under .140 in each of the final three sets. The Gators dominated the fourth set in which they hit .481 and held Tennessee to just .083. Florida landed at least 15 kills in every set and limited its errors to only two in both the opening and closing sets.

Individual Standouts

Florida outside hitter T’ara Ceasar served all five of the team’s aces — ties her career high — and landed a season-high 25 kills. Outside hitter Thayer Hall and setter Marlie Monserez recorded their fourth and eight double-doubles this season respectively. Hall landed landed 10 kills and added 12 digs, while Monserez tallied 48 assists and 17 digs.

Redshirt senior middle blocker Lauren Forte notched 11 kills at a .409 clip and assisted five blocks. Sophomore libero Elli McKissock recorded a career-high nine assists and added 26 digs — her fifth game with 20+ digs since the start of SEC play.

Box Score

No. 22 Tennessee: 25-17-23-16

No. 23 Florida: 22-25-25-25

Individual Stat Leaders

Aces

  • Ceasar: 5

Kills

  • Ceasar: 25
  • Forte: 11
  • Hall: 10

Assists

  • Monserez: 48
  • McKissock: 9
  • Hall: 2

Digs

  • McKissock: 26
  • Monserez: 17
  • Hall: 12

Blocks

  • Forte: 5
  • Beason/Dooley: 4

Next Up

The Gators will get a weeklong hiatus until they hit the road to face Arkansas in Fayetteville in a two-match series. The first match is scheduled for Nov. 12 and will start at 8 p.m.

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