UF volleyball team punishes Georgia


ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 15 Florida volleyball team swept Georgia to move to 14-2 in SEC play. 

The Gators (23-4 overall) are now tied with Kentucky for first place in the league with each team having two matches left to play in the regular season. Georgia is 19-9, 11-6.

“This was one of our most complete matches of the season,” UF coach Mary Wise said. “We had great focus and production from everyone – not just in the match, but with the preparation leading up to the match.”

 Florida won the first set in dominating fashion, earning the 25-13 victory. The Gators followed with another stellar performance in the second set, winning 25-14 to go up 2-0 in the match. UF closed out the match with another strong showing in the third, winning 25-13 in the final set.

As a team, Florida recorded 43 kills with just three errors on 78 swings for a .531 clip. Rachael Kramer led the way with 14 kills, while Holly Carlton added 10 kills of her own. Paige Hammons and Thayer Hall both pitched in seven kills in the sweep.

 Five Gators hit over .300 on the afternoon: Kramer (.700 | 14-0-20), Hammons (.700 | 7-0-10), Carlton (.600 | 10-1-15), Lauren Dooley (.375 | 4-1-8) and Hall (.300 | 7-1-20).

Marlie Monserez dished out 32 assists on the afternoon, leading the team to a season-high .531 clip. 

Allie Gregory led the backcourt defense, recording eight digs on the afternoon. Monserez added seven, while Hall registered six digs on the afternoon. 

Florida recorded 11.0 blocks on the day, to Georgia’s 0.0. Kramer led the way with five blocks, while Dooley and Hammons both added four on the afternoon. With Kramer’s fifth block of the match, she tied Aycan Gokberk for sixth place in Florida program history.

UF registered six service aces, while Morgyn Greer leading the way with a career-high three. 

The Gators are back in action on Wednesday when the Arkansas Razorbacks come to town. First serve is slated for 5 p.m.