Roundup: UF volleyball team wins at Auburn

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AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 14 Florida volleyball team defeated Auburn in four sets Sunday.

The Gators move to 21-5 on the season and 12-2 in the SEC, while Auburn drops to 10-15 on the year and 3-12 in the league.

Each of the four sets ended in a 25-21 score with Florida winning the first set and second sets, 25-21. Auburn took set number three, 25-21, but Florida clinched the match with a 25-21 win in the final set.

Paige Hammons paced the Gators’ offense, finishing with a career-best 17 kills during the match. That surpassed her previous career-high of 16, which was set just one match ago against Arkansas.

“These SEC road matches are not getting any easier and today the answer for us was Paige Hammons,” UF coach Mary Wise said. “She had a career-high and did everything that we asked of her. She was the difference maker this afternoon.”

Rachael Kramer also registered 10 kills for Florida, hitting .353. Allie Monserez led the team setting, registering 25 assists. Marlie Monserez posted nine assists of her own in the match. Allie Gregory controlled the backcourt defense for Florida, posting 17 digs on the day.

As a squad, the Gators registered 10 blocks, including a team-best five from Taelor Kellum. Allie Monserez posted her 11th double-double of the season, recording 25 assists and 11 digs.

The Gators return to action Friday when they faces LSU in the O’Connell Center for a 7 p.m. match.

Women’s basketball: At Tallahassee, Florida State (3-0) defeated Florida, 63-56. Funda Nakkasoglu was big for UF (0-2) with 21 points.

The Gators return to action Thursday when they travel to Macon, Ga. to battle the Mercer Bears.

CROSS COUNTRY

Gator women take 2nd in NCAA South Region

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida women’s cross country team is headed to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2012 after they posted a runner-up finish at the NCAA South Region Cross Country Championships on Friday.

Their second-place finish is a 20-place improvement from last year’s regional meet and their highest placing since 2010. The women were favored to win the team title, but Florida State fought hard in the last kilometers of the race to win the championship and edged out the Gators by four points.

The Gators were paced by five top-30 finishes, including a runner-up finish from SEC champion Jessica Pascoe. Elisabeth Bergh, Morgan Hull and Imogen Barrett recorded top-25 finishes, earning All-Region honors. Caitlin McQuilkin-Bell rounded out the Gators scoring efforts with a 28th-place finish.

For the men, redshirt sophomore Colin Schaefer paced the Florida group in its first 10k race of the season. He finished 34th with a 32:32.0. Redshirt freshman Nick Deal turned in one of his best performances of the season with a 55th place finish, followed by junior Magnus Pettersen. Blake Lowery and Bryce Statham rounded out the Gators top-5 with top-75 finishes.

In the team competition, the UF men finished 11th and their season will end. Ole Miss, which took the title at the SEC Championships followed up with a regional championship and will represent the SEC at the NCAA Championships. Florida State’s men finished second.