No. 10 Gators volleyball continue hold on Bulldogs, 3-0

Published: Friday, October 21, 2016 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 12:37 a.m.

The 10th-ranked Florida volleyball team got a match-high 11 kills from outside hitter Carli Snyder and middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan added nine kills and a match-high six block assists as the Gators swept Mississippi State by scores of 25-12, 25-13 and 25-17 before an enthusiastic crowd of 879 Friday in the Lemerand Athletic Center.

With their fifth straight win, the Gators improved to 17-2 overall and 7-1 in Southeastern Conference play while the Bulldogs fell to 11-11, 3-5. Florida improved to 47-0 all-time against MSU.

“It was a great effort,” coach Mary Wise said. “I think it was one of our more complete matches. The difference maker was Rhamat's blocking.”

The win keeps Florida in third place in the SEC standings, trailing only co-leaders Missouri and No. 21 Kentucky. Those two teams meet Sunday at 2 p.m. in Columbia, Mo.

UF entered the match leading the nation with a .323 hitting efficiency and hit .412 while holding the Bulldogs to an .045 mark.

Freshman middle blocker Rachael Kramer, who came into the match hitting a nation-leading .490, had seven kills with one error for a hitting percentage of .462, while Alex Holston and Shainah Joseph each had six kills, with Holston adding four block assists and Joseph hitting a career-best .667 with no errors.

In addition, setter Allie Monserez recorded a match-high 34 assists while libero Caroline “CK” Knop had a match-high 16 digs and defensive specialist Allie Gregory had 10.

Emily Hill led the Bulldogs with nine kills and a .292 hitting mark.

“We knew what we had to do on the defensive end, and we read those situations in a split second and made the adjustments,” Snyder said. “I thought our block did a really good job of that tonight.”

The match was the first of four straight home contests for UF, with the next one slated for Sunday at noon when Florida takes on Georgia.

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