Florida downs Army in volleyball tourney

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The No. 11 Florida volleyball team defeated the Army West Point Black Knights in four sets Saturday to close out the Honda of Gainesville Gators Invitational.

Florida took the first two sets from Army (5-8), winning 25-16 and 25-12, respectively. The Black Knights battled back in set 3, taking it 25-20, but UF secured the match victory with a 25-16 win in the fourth set.

Thayer Hall led the Gators (9-3) offensively with 13 kills and Mia Sokolowski finished with a career-high 11 of her own. Sokolowski hit .714 in the match, only recording one error. Taelor Kellum recorded nine kills and five blocks, while Paige Hammons added seven kills and eight blocks.

The Monserez sisters combined for 44 assists, with Allie dishing out 24 and Marlie registering 20. Allie Gregory led the squad in digs, posting 14 digs.

The Gators begin SEC play Friday against Ole Miss at 7 p.m. in Exactech Arena.

Soccer: A new season starts Sunday for Florida (2-5-1) when it opens Southeastern Conference play with a home match against Vanderbilt (7-1). Sunday’s action begins 3 p.m. (SEC Network, AM-850, 98.1-FM) at the Donald R. Dizney. UF has been shut out in six consecutive matches. The Gators last scored in the 4-2 win versus Florida Atlantic on Aug. 19.

Injuries have certainly played a key role in the Gators’ woes this season:

* All-SEC performer Parker Roberts underwent surgery for a foot fracture earlier this month.

* All-SEC center back Rachelle Smith tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in the loss to FSU and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.

Smith is the second ACL injury for UF this season. Junior Kit Loferski suffered the same injury in preseason training.

* Senior Mayra Pelayo was carried from the field Sunday after a tackle hit her right shin area – the same area she had surgery this past spring.

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