UF roundup: Volleyball team, swimmers and tennis players capture wins


Volleyball: At Fayetteville, Ark., Florida held off Arkansas, 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-16, 23-25, 15-13), to improve to 9-0 overall.

The No. 3 Gators hit .400 in the final set and scored six of the match’s last nine points to win their 27th consecutive SEC opener. Florida hit .299 on the match and was led by three-time All-American Rhamat Alhassan, who doubled her season high with 20 kills, hit .516, and notched six blocks. Alhassan’s six blocks tied her with Jenni Patterson (1986-89) for the second-most career total blocks in school history (540).

Senior outside hitter Carli Snyder tallied 17 kills and 15 digs for her third consecutive double-double. The Macomb, Mich. native has 16 double-doubles in her last 40 matches after only logging seven in her first two seasons. Alhassan and Snyder combined for five of Florida’s 10 kills in the fifth set. Senior libero Caroline Knop led the defensive effort with a season-high 23 digs.

Swimming & Diving: The Florida men and women each claimed their eighth-straight All-Florida title. The men garnered 1,227.5 points throughout the weekend, topping Florida State’s 1,021.5. On the women’s side, Florida beat out both Florida State and Miami by posting 1,068 points.

The men came away with five individual wins and a relay win during Sunday’s finals session. With the 400 free relay win, the Gator men swept all five over the course of the weekend. Ben Lawless, Clark Beach, Caeleb Dressel, Ross Palazzo and Jan Switkowski accounted for the individual wins. Switkowski’s time of 1:47.55 in the 200 fly was good for a NCAA b-cut qualification.

The women recorded four individual wins over the course of Sunday’s finals, with freshman Taylor Ault winning the first event of her collegiate career, posting a time of 16:50.91 in the 1,650 free. Georgia Darwent, Savanna Faulconer and Hannah Burns accounted for the other individual wins.

Men’s tennis: Florida capped a successful first weekend of the season with two more championshipsy. The Gators picked up both singles titles to go along with Saturdays doubles crowns.

At the Gator Ranked +1 on campus, Duarte Vale and Johannes Ingildsen won trophies for the Gators in singles action. At the Ivy-Plus Invitational, UF’s Andy Andrade earned his first career collegiate trophy after defeating Lucas Koelle of Harvard by way of retirement in the second set.

Women’s golf: At Norman, Okla.,  the Gators moved up to second place at the Schooner Fall Classic after carding a 286 (+2) on day two of the three-day tournament. Florida jumped out to a fast start on the front nine posting a score of one-under-par through the first nine holes. The Gators found their stroke through holes two through six as they had no blemishes on their scorecards.

Freshman Addie Baggarly finished the front with four birdies. With two more on the back nine, she was able to post a 70 (-1) to lead the Gators. Taylor Tomlinson remains in contention on the individual leaderboard as she is tied for ninth with a 36-hole score of 141 (-1).

Men’s golf: At Dallas, day one of the Trinity Forest had plenty of headlines for the Gators, including an ace from Blake Dyer, three Gators in the top 10 and Florida atop the leaderboard. Paced by three Gators in the top 10 and four at even or below par, Florida holds a one shot lead (-9) over Texas through 18 holes.

Alejandro Tosti leads all Gators by carding a 67 (-4), as he is two strokes back of Texas’ Scottie Scheffler for the lead. Chris Nido and Andy Zhang also were in red numbers. Nido posted 68 (-3) which included an eagle on the par five 11th to tie in sixth place. Zhang is one stroke back of Nido at two-under-par and tied for 10th.