UF roundup: Gators wrap up second round in Orlando

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ORLANDO — The Florida men’s golf team shot 8 over in the second round of the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational to put them in ninth place heading into tomorrow’s final round.

John Axelsen continued to be a bright spot in the Gators’ lineup, carding another under par round at 1 under. The junior is currently tied for fifth at 5 under and just two strokes back of California’s Finigan Tilly at the top of the leaderboard.

Ricky Castillo managed to stay within the top 25 on the individual leaderboard after signing a 1 over on the day. Castillo is now 1 over overall after his even par performance in round one.

Chris Nido also recorded a 1 over through his second 18, putting him at tied for 42nd individually.

John Dubois completed the Gators’ counting scores for the day with a 7-over 79.

Florida will look to climb the leaderboard in the final round of the event, beginning Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.

Women’s tennis

Kessler Claims Southeast Regional Title: At Tallahassee, playing in the ITA Southeast Regional singles championship match for the second year in a row, University of Florida women’s tennis junior McCartney Kessler broke through for a 6-2, 6-2 win over Georgia’s Lea Ma to claim the title Monday at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center on the campus of Florida State University.

Winning her sixth-straight match, No. 23 Kessler defeated the highly-touted Georgia newcomer, Ma, in straight sets. After cruising to a 6-2 win in the opening set, Kessler dropped the first game of the second, but won five of the next six to knock off Ma who was ranked No. 5 on the ITA’s Division I Top Freshmen/Newcomers list back in September.

Over the four-day tournament, Kessler didn’t drop a single set as she continues to build on what has been a successful fall campaign. After starting off the season strong with a deep run at the W15 Lubbock back in September, Kessler has now registered a team-best 16 wins and a regional title.

Women’s soccer

Gators’ Peace is SEC Soccer Freshman of the Week: Goals in consecutive matches earns Florida’s Kouri Peace the Southeastern Conference Freshman Soccer Player of the Week award.

This is Peace’s first honor of the season. Two other Gators earned 2019 SEC Offensive Player of the Week awards — Vanessa Kara (Oct. 7 and Sept. 16) and Deanne Rose (Aug. 26).

Quick Look at Peace’s Performance:

  • Scored tying goal in 2-1 win versus Auburn
  • Second consecutive match scoring a goal and third of last eight matches
  • Appeared in 14 matches
  • Tied for fifth among the Gators with three goals

Women’s volleyball

Gators remain steady in latest AVCA Poll: Florida checks in at No. 13 for second straight week

The Florida volleyball team remained at No. 13 in the AVCA Top-25 Coaches Poll after going 2-0 last week, as announced on Monday.

The Gators also jumped six spots in the latest NCAA RPI rankings, moving up to 12th.

Florida swept South Carolina on Wednesday night to move to 5-1 in the SEC. Thayer Hall led the way with 11 kills, while Rachael Kramer and Lauren Dooley both added eight kills apiece.

UF followed that performance with a road sweep of LSU, where two Gators recorded double-digit kills: Thayer Hall (18), Holly Carlton (12).

The Gators return to Exactech Arena on Friday evening when the Crimson Tide come to town. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. on the SEC Network +.

Gregory Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week: After helping Florida to a 2-0 week in SEC play, senior libero Allie Gregory was honored by the league on Monday afternoon.

Gregory was named as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Over the course of the week, Gregory averaged 5.17 digs per set.

Against South Carolina on Wednesday night, Gregory recorded 13 digs, two assists and one service ace in the three-set victory over the Gamecocks.

The Louisville, Ky. native followed with an 18-dig performance against LSU on Sunday. Gregory also picked up two assists in the three-set win. During the match, she moved into ninth-place all-time in Florida’s history with 1,174 digs. 

Gregory currently sits fifth in the SEC in digs, registering 4.23 per set.