Florida sweeps Liberty, Northern Arizona at Gators Invitational

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The 11th-ranked Florida volleyball team swept Liberty and Northern Arizona on Friday in the Gators Invitational at the O’Connell Center.

The Gators took the first set 25-21 and followed up with a 25-17 victory in the second frame. Florida closed out the match with a 25-12 win in the third set.

The Gators registered a .398 clip on the afternoon, racking up 42 kills. Rachael Kramer led the attack with 12 kills, while Thayer Hall and Paige Hammons pitched in 10 apiece. Holly Carlton added seven kills in the match.

Marlie Monserez dished out 36 assists on the afternoon, leading Florida in assists for the ninth-straight match. Allie Gregory posted a team-high 10 digs, while Monserez pitched in seven of her own.

Florida garnered nine blocks on the afternoon, led by five from Lauren Dooley. Rachael Kramer and Paige Hammons added in four apiece.

In the nightcap win, Florida (8-2) extended its win streak to six matches in sweeping Northern Arizona.

Florida faces Louisiana at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Gators took the first set in dominating fashion, winning 25-14. That was followed by a 25-17 Florida win in the second set and a 25-13 victory to ensure the match.

On the night, Florida hit .333 as a team, registering 42 kills. Thayer Hall led the way with 13 kills of her own, while Paige Hammons pitched in eight.

Rachael Kramer recorded seven kills on the night and Holly Carlton registered six in the victory.

Marlie Monserez ran the offense for Florida, dishing out 30 assists on the night – an average of 10.00 assists per set.

Hammons notched a team-best 13 digs, while Allie Gregory added 11. Hall was just one dig away from her fifth double-double of the year, finishing the night with nine.

The Gators racked up 8.5 blocks against Northern Arizona (7-4), led by five from Lauren Dooley. Kramer, Hammons and Hall each pitched in two on the night.

“Lots of good performances, but you really have to take a look today’s performance by our two outside hitters,” UF coach Mary Wise said. “Paige Hammons anchored our serve receive and defense, while Thayer Hall led us offensively.”