- Georgia at #1 Florida
- Gainesville, Florida (Southeastern Conference Match)
- Florida improves to 13-0 (5-0 SEC); Georgia drops to 12-7 (2-4 SEC)
- Attendance: 3,413
- Match Stats
Although the boxscore will show a sweep in favor of top ranked Florida, getting the win was anything but easy against a Georgia Bulldogs’ team that put up quite a fight. In the end, the Gators had to rally from a 24-20 deficit in set three to close out the sweep. Set scores were 25-10, 25-23, and 27-25. With the win, Florida improved to 13-0 (5-0 SEC) and will return to action on Friday, October 13th when they hit the road to face Ole Miss.
Rhamat Alhassan led the way for Florida with 14 kills, hitting .571 along the way. She also chipped in 4 blocks, 3 digs and an ace. Carli Snyder tallied 10 kills while Rachael Kramer added 7. Caroline Knop led the defense with 13 digs while Allie Monserez dished out 21 assists to go along with her 8 digs.
The Gators led the match in every major category. Hitting percentage favored Florida .267-.075. Blocking was huge edge at 13-2, while the Gators led in kills at 45-30, digs 41-37, and aces 3-2.
It’s been an up and down year for the Bulldogs under first year coach Tom Black as they have not been able to find much traction in the SEC. In this match, T’ara Caesar led the way for Georgia with 9 kills while Majesti Bass collected 7 kills and 2 blocks. Setter Meghan Donovan had 26 assists and 10 digs while libero Kendall Glover collected 15 digs. Georgia drops to 12-7 (2-4 SEC) and will return to action on Wednesday, October 11th when they host Tennessee.
Courtesy of Florida Athletics
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida remained undefeated (13-0, 5-0 SEC) with a thrilling sweep of Georgia Sunday (Oct. 8) afternoon inside Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The No. 1 Gators won the first set handily and ground out two-point wins in the second and third sets, the latter of which saw them turn a 24-19 deficit into a 27-25 win.
Three-time All-American middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan led the Gators’ offense with 14 kills and a .571 hitting percentage. The Glenarden, Md. native added four blocks to total a match-high 17.5 points.
Senior outside hitter Carli Snyder chipped in 10 kills, sophomore middle blocker Rachael Kramerhad seven, and fifth-year senior right side Shainah Joseph tallied five. Defensively, four Gators had at least eight digs, including senior libero Caroline Knop, who had a team-high 13. Snyder, Allie Gregory, and Allie Monserez had eight digs apiece. Kramer had seven blocks and setter Cheyenne Huskey had five, helping the Gators to yet another match with double-digit blocks.
The victory elevates Mary Wise‘s career win total to 888, tying former Pacific and Stanford head coach John Dunning for the seventh-most wins in Division I history and 13th-most wins in NCAA history (all three divisions).
Courtesy of Georgia Athletics
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Georgia volleyball fell to the first-ranked Florida Gators in three sets, 25-13, 25-23, 27-25, at the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Sunday.
“We played much better each set and earned our way into having chances in the third,” head coach Tom Black said. “We’re getting better, and we’ll keep learning through this match into the next one.”
Sophomore Meghan Donovan and freshman Kendall Glover headlined the defense, totaling 10 and 15 digs, respectively. Freshman T’ara Ceasar led the offense with nine kills, followed by seven and six from junior Majesti Bass and freshman Rachel Ritchie. Donovan also had 26 assists, tabbing her sixth double-double on the season, and second of the weekend.
Florida jumped to a 7-1 lead in the first set, and held on to take the opener 25-13, as the Bulldogs spread the kills between Ceasar, Ritchie, Bass and Karstens.
Georgia returned in the second set to open the frame with a kill from Ritchie. As Florida established an advantage, the Bulldogs chipped at the Gators’ lead the entirety of the set, evening the score at 14 with a four-pointrunfeatur,ing a kill from Ceasar and an ace from junior Sydney Gilliam. Georgia forced a Florida timeout by tying up the match 23, fueled by a kill from redshirt freshman Kianna Young, who had two on the day, but Florida came back to seal a 25-23 decision.
In the third set, back-to-back kills from Bass, followed by a block assist from Bass and Donovan, orchestrated another four-point run as Georgia evened the set at 6. Georgia surged ahead to a 19-14 lead, highlighted by kills from Ritchie and Bass, but Florida overcame a 24-19 deficit to take the final set 27-25.
Up next, Georgia opens the newly renovated Stegeman Coliseum on Wednesday against Tennessee at 7 p.m. The match will be available on ESPNU.