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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The No. 4 Florida won their sixth consecutive volleyball match and logged their fourth straight sweep Sunday, while three-time All-American Rhamat Alhassan broke Florida’s 14-year-old school record for career total blocks in the win over Tennessee.
Although Florida’s offense only finished with a .226 hitting percentage, three Gators (20-1, 12-1 SEC) posted double-digit kills. Senior outside hitter Carli Snyder posted her seventh double-double of the season, tallying a match-high 12 kills and 13 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Rachael Kramer totaled 11 kills and a match-high seven blocks, amounting to 14.5 points. Fifth-year senior right side Shainah Joseph tallied 10 kills, six of which came in the third set.
“In typical Tennessee fashion, they were well prepared and played very hard,” UF coach Mary Wise said. “We got a little impatient offensively, but credit Tennessee for their ability to stay in rallies. Offensively, it was a night where we really only scoring points from Rachael (Kramer) and Carli (Snyder).”
Alhassan, who finished with six blocks, broke a tie with Benavia Jenkins (2000-03) to become the program’s all-time blocks leader at the 6-3 point of the second set. The Glenarden, Md., native also hit .400 with five kills on 10 total attempts.
“Benavia played in the 30-point era, too,” Wise said. “To be the school’s all-time block leader, in the 25-point scoring era … Rhamat is doing exactly what we all knew would happen when she came to Florida, and that’s that she would leave her mark in the record book.”
Along the back line, senior libero Caroline Knop had a team-high 18 digs, while redshirt junior setter Allie Monserez had a double-double with 11 digs and 27 assists.
The win also keeps Florida atop the Southeastern Conference standings, as it leads lead Kentucky by a half-game.