No. 4 Gators’ serving highlights road sweep
STARKVILLE, Miss. — The No. 4 Florida volleyball team turned in one of its best all-around performances of the year Sunday, sweeping Mississippi State with its highest offensive efficiency output and yet another sub-.100 opponent hitting percentage.
Sophomore middle blocker Rachael Kramer led the offense with 11 kills and zero errors for a .733 clip. It is the fifth time this season and seventh time in her career Kramer hit above .500 on at least 15 attempts. It also marked her ninth outing this year with 10-plus kills. A year ago, she only had five such performances. Senior outside hitter Carli Snyder finished with eight kills and 17 digs — which were a career high for a three-set match.
The Gators (18-1, 10-1 SEC) also logged seven service aces, four of which came from freshman outside hitter Paige Hammons. It was the 10th time this year Florida tallied five-plus service aces, a figure they reached in 12 matches a year ago.
The win was No. 893 for coach Mary Wise, who passed Mike Hebert (35 seasons) for the sixth-most wins in Division I history and 12th-most wins in NCAA history (all three divisions). Wise is in her 27th season with the Gators and 31st overall season as a head coach.
5 Gators earn SEC honors
Five Florida players appear on All-Southeastern Conference soccer teams, the league announced Sunday.
Three Gators are on the All-SEC first team — Parker Roberts, Deanne Rose and Gabby Seiler. A pair of defenders — Kristen Cardano and Rachelle Smith — appear on the All-SEC second team.
The only freshman on the All-SEC first team, Rose is the SEC Freshman of the Year. She is the fourth Gator to earn the honor and first since Savannah Jordan in 2013. Rose, the only current league soccer player with an Olympic medal (2016 bronze with Canada) is also part of the SEC All-Freshman Team.
In other awards announced Sunday, SEC champion South Carolina took three individual honors — Savannah McCaskill (Offensive Player of Year), Grace Fisk (Defensive Player of Year) and Shelley Smith (Coach of the Year). Mississippi State’s Mallory Eubanks is the SEC Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The Gators now head to the SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala. Florida, the third seed, faces No. 6 seed Auburn at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Gators are the two-time defending SEC Tournament champion, claiming the program’s 12th title with a 2-1 overtime win over Arkansas in the 2016 final.
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Round three of tourney canceled due to weather
WILMINGTON, N.C. — The third round of the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington has been canceled due to weather. Due to the conditions, scores from the second round are now final, as the Florida women’s golf team finished 13th.
Florida’s top finisher was sophomore Marta Perez who placed 29th at three-over par.
This concludes the fall season for the Gators who’s next competition comes in February at the Northrop Grumman in Palos Verdes, Calif.