KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The 13th-ranked Florida volleyball team fell to the No. 22 Tennessee in three sets Wednesday, as the Volunteers broke the tie for second place in the SEC.
Florida fell to 23-6 overall and 14-3 in the SEC, putting the Gators third overall in the league.
Tennessee (24-5, 15-2) won the first set, 25-22 and then won the second set, 25-16. The Vols then topped Florida, 25-21 in the third set to secure the match.
Florida finished with seven blocks overall, with a team-best three coming from Rachael Kramer, Holly Carlton and Taelor Kellum.
The Gators’ offense was paced by Kramer, who recorded seven kills on the evening. Paige Hammons and Holly Carlton followed with six kills, while Mia Sokolowski added five.
Allie Monserez led the Gators in setting for the 26th match this season, dishing out 15 assists on the evening. Marlie Monserez added seven assists of her own, as well as three kills in the match. Allie Gregory led the Gators’ defensive effort in the backcourt, recording 18 digs.
The Gators return to action Friday when they return home to face South Carolina in the final regular-season match of the year. The match will serve as Senior Day for Allie Monserez and Taelor Kellum and first serve is slated for 7 p.m.
Women’s basketball: At Bloomington, Indiana, despite a season-best 14 assists and a game-high 22 points from junior guard Delicia Washington, Florida (0-5) fell at Indiana (4-0), 83-64. Sophomore guard Kiki Smith netted a season-high 14 points for the Gators.
“We will continue to learn and fight to get and be better,” said second-year UF coach Cam Newbauer.
UF returns home for a four-game homestand which begins Wednesday when it hosts Northeastern at the Exactech Tech Arena.