TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Senior outside hitter Carli Snyder notched the 1,000th kill of her career and Rachael Kramer dominated with efficiency to lead No. 4 Florida to a sweep of Alabama in SEC volleyball. Florida bounced back from its only loss of the season and improved to 15-1 overall and 7-1 in Southeastern Conference play.
“It’s the best ball-control Alabama team we’ve seen in a while, their backcourt defense was stellar tonight and required us to stay patient offensively,” Florida volleyball coach Mary Wise said, “Our offensive production, a lot of it came from Carli (Snyder) and Rachael (Kramer), who were really efficient tonight.”
Kramer tallied a match-high 13 kills, without an error, on 22 attacks for a .591 hitting percentage. The sophomore middle blocker added three blocks to total 14.5 points, a career high for a three-set match. Kramer’s 13 kills tied her three-set career high, which she set against Northern Kentucky earlier this season.
Snyder entered the match with 991 career kills, and she reached the century mark when she put the Gators up, 16-9, in the second set. The Macomb, Mich., native finished with team highs in kills (15) and points (16). Snyder also posted 11 digs, recording her sixth double-double of the season.
Senior libero Caroline Knop and three-time All-American Rhamat Alhassan spearheaded the strong defensive effort, leading the team in digs (18) and blocks (six), respectively.
Kramer hit better than .500 for the sixth time in her career and has now hit double-digit kills in eight matches this year, three more than she had all last season as a freshman.
“Rachael (Kramer) affected the match in all sorts of ways, both offensively and defensively,” Wise said, “She was a huge presence.”
The Gators record against Alabama improves to 44-0 overall and 42-0 under Wise.
Next up for Florida is a Sunday match at Auburn. First serve is slated for 2:30 p.m. ET, and broadcast information is below.
Sunday, Oct. 22 at Auburn | 2:30 p.m. ET
Streaming: SEC Network + (via Watch ESPN) |
Radio: Audio Stream [Tom Collett] (also available via ESPN Gainesville 98.1 FM / 850 AM)
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Florida men lead Texas, trail Indiana in meet
After Day 1 of the Texas/Indiana double-dual meet at the O’Connell Center on Friday, the scores display the fact that it featured six ranked teams, 39 national championships and 12 Olympians, as well as two world record holders and three previous CSCAA Swimmers of the Year.
In the dual meet battles, the No. 4 Florida men lead No. 2 Texas, 140-103, and trail No. 6 Indiana, 138-105. UF’s 18th ranked women trail No. 3 Texas, 167.5-75.5, and are behind sixth-ranked Indiana, 144-99.
Florida’s men had three individual wins, including Blake Manganiello’s first individual win of the season, posting a time of 9:08.17 in the 1,000 free. Caeleb Dressel followed with a first-place finish in the 50 free, finishing with a B-cut time of 19.61. Khader Baqlah closed out the individual wins, finishing first in the 500 free with a swim of 4:25.74 in the process.