Gators’ blocking leads to defeat of Ole Miss


OXFORD, Miss. – The No. 11 Florida volleyball team topped Ole Miss on Friday night in the Gillom Center behind a tremendous blocking performance.

Ole Miss (11-11, 1-7 SEC) took the first set, 25-19, but Florida battled back to win the second set, 25-21. The Gators then won the third set, 25-21 and clinched the match with a 25-15 win in the fourth.

“Ole Miss played very well, especially early in the match,” UF coach Mary Wise said. “It was a night where our blocking carried us until the rest of our game caught up.”

The Gators (19-3) extend their winning streak to 14 matches and remain first in the SEC with a 9-0 record. Florida moves to 9-0 in conference play for the 20th time under head coach Mary Wise.

The Gators notched a program record 23 blocks as a squad — led by 12 from Taelor Kellum and 11 from Rachael Kramer. The previous program record came all the way back in 1999, when Florida recorded 21.5 blocks against Penn State.

Holly Carlton paced the offense, finishing with 17 kills. Thayer Hall followed with 13 kills and Rachael Kramer chipped in 10 of her own. Taelor Kellum was one kill away from a double-double, posting nine.

Allie Monserez led the team in assists, dishing out 29. Marlie Monserez registered 18 as well.

Allie Gregory controlled the backcourt defense, recording 19 digs. Paige Hammons added 11 digs of her own.

The Gators return to action at 1 p.m. Sunday when they face third-place Missouri on the SEC Network at the O’Connell Center.