Volleyball: No. 9 Gators sweep Ole Miss, 3-0

Published: Friday, October 28, 2016 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 1:09 a.m.

Ninth-ranked Florida got 14 kills from Rhamat Alhassan, 12 from Alex Holston and nine from Carli Snyder en route to a hard-fought sweep of Ole Miss on Friday night, winning 25-22, 25-23 and 27-25 at the Lemerand Athletic Center.

The Gators claimed their seventh straight match while improving to 19-2 overall and 9-1 in SEC play, moving into a three-way tie for first place in the Southeastern Conference standings with Missouri and Kentucky, who were both idle.

“It was just about us knowing what we can do as a team,” Alhassan said. “We were down, but we fought and we fought. We didn't give up. It's not easy to come back, especially when they were playing so well, but it was a good fight.”

Every set was tight, with the Gators pulling out the first two sets on the strength of their middles (Alhassan and Rachael Kramer) before getting everyone involved to pull out the third set after falling behind 11-4.

UF fought back to knot the score at 20-all before eventually winning it on its third match point of the night.

Snyder, Holston, Alhassan, Kramer, Samantha Dubiel, Allie Monserez, Shainah Joseph, Caroline "CK" Knop and Allie Gregory all made big plays down the stretch, as UF rallied to pull out the sweep.

“I was able to finally find a rhythm,” Holston said. “I think Allie just did a great job of setting tonight, and we were just able to end their rallies.”

Kramer, who came into the match leading the nation with a .489 percentage, had seven kills and no errors in 10 attempts for a match-high .700 hitting mark.

Alhassan hit .545, Monserez had a match-high 44 assists, Knop had a match-high 20 digs and Snyder just missed a double-double with nine kills and 12 digs.

Kate Gibson led Ole Miss (13-10, 2-8) with 20 kills, while Lexi Thompson (13 kills, 11 digs) had a double-double.

"Our middles carried us the first two sets, and in set three we finally saw some of the offense out of Carli and Alex that we're used to," UF coach Mary Wise said.

Next up, UF closes out the homestand against LSU starting at noon Sunday.

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