UF drops match at No. 8 Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The seventh-ranked Florida volleyball team fell to No. 8 Minnesota (2-2) in front of a full house at Maturi Pavilion on Saturday night.

The Gators (2-2) dropped the first set of the evening, 25-20, then fell 25-17 in the second frame. Florida put up a tough fight in the third, before falling 25-22.

Thayer Hall led the offense for Florida, registering 11 kills on the evening. Holly Carlton and Paige Hammons both recorded nine kills as well on the night.

Marlie Monserez dished out 30 assists during the match, while Allie Gregory tied her career-high in digs, registering 22 during the three-set match.

As a team, the Gators recorded 8.5 blocks, led by four from Rachael Kramer. Thayer Hall, Holly Carlton and Darrielle King each added three apiece as well.

The Gators are now 1-4 all-time against Minnesota.

UF is back in action on Friday as the Gators host the Honda of Gainesville Gators Invitational. Florida welcomes James Madison, Long Beach State and USF to Exactech Arena.

The Gators face South Florida at noon on Friday, then turn around and take on James Madison at 7 p.m.

UF closes out the tournament with a matchup against Long Beach State at 5 p.m. on Saturday.