Florida Records 18 Blocks In Four-Set Win Over Arkansas

  0 Carly DeMarque | November 10th, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, News, SEC

Match Results

  • Florida def. Arkansas 3-1, (23-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-7)
  • Florida improves to 21-1, 13-1 SEC, Arkansas falls to 17-9, 7-7 SEC
  • Gainesville, Florida
  • Attendance: 3,031
  • Match Stats

The win over Arkansas was a huge match for Florida as they recorded their third 80 digs four-set match since 2008 along with having three players with at least eight blocks for the first time since 2004.

It was also the ninth time this season the Gators held an opponent under a .100 hitting percentage while hitting .261 themselves. In total, Florida recorded 56-39 kills, 51-39 assists, 10-4 aces, 80-78 digs and 18-6.5 blocks.

The Gators made a three-set comeback over the Razorbacks as they dropped the first set 25-23 but recovered easily to down Arkansas in the next three sets. Leading the way for Florida was Carli Snyder with 16 kills, six aces and 13 digs for a double-double while Rachael Kramer posted another 16 kills on a .424 hitting clip with eight blocks. Setter Allie Monserez dished out 34 assists and 10 digs for a double-double while Caroline Knop and Paige Hammons picked up 25 and 14 digs, respectively. For blocking, Rhamat Alhassan added nine blocks while Cheyenne Huskey added in another eight.

For Arkansas, Victoria Pilar put down a match-best 18 kills and nine digs. Setter Rachel Rippee handed out 38 assists and 17 digs four a double-double while Okiana Valle picked up another 20 digs.

Press Release

Courtesy of Florida Athletics

The No. 4 Gators (21-1, 13-1 SEC) won their seventh consecutive match, topping Arkansas, 3-1. Florida posted 18 blocks, tying its third-highest total in the rally scoring era, and ended the match on a 13-point service run from senior outside hitter Carli Snyder, one of two Gators who logged a double-double.

Following a 25-23 setback in the opening frame, Florida’s defense held Arkansas—one of two teams to hit better than .185 against UF this year—to a .017 hitting percentage for the final three (the Razorbacks hit .170 in the first). The Gators’ offense also found their flow in the second and fourth sets, hitting at a .302 and .500 clip, respectively.

Florida’s back row racked up the majority of the team’s 80 digs—which marked their highest total in a four-set match since Dec. 2, 2011 against Missouri, as well as tying the program’s 11th-highest four-set total in the rally scoring era. Senior libero Caroline Knop led the way with a season-high 25 digs, tying the third-highest total of her career. Freshman outside hitter Paige Hammons matched her season high with 14 digs. Redshirt junior setter Allie Monserez, who logged 34 assists, had 10 digs for her fourth double-double of the season.

Up front, three-time All-American middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan stuffed nine blocks, while sophomore middle blocker Rachael Kramer and fifth-year senior right side Shainah Joseph added eight apiece.

Snyder and Kramer both amassed 16 kills, with Snyder adding three blocks and six service aces for a career-high 24 points. The Macomb, Mich., native added 13 digs for her eighth double-double of the season.

The victory moves Florida back atop the Southeastern Conference standings, as they lead Kentucky by a half-game.


  • This was Florida’s third four-set match with at least 80 digs since the start of the 2008 season
  • The Gators have held their opponent below a .100 hitting percentage in nine matches this year
  • UF has held its opponents below a .100 hitting percentage in 15 of its last 23 sets (65.2 percent), as well as 32 of its 76 sets this season (42.1 percent)
  • Florida tied its season high with 10 service aces, and this is the first time since 2013 the Gators amassed 10-plus service aces in three matches
  • Three different Gators finished a match with eight-plus blocks for the first time since Oct. 22, 2004 at Tennessee (Sherri Williams, 10; Michelle Chatman, 9; Angie McGinnis, 8)
  • Carli Snyder is the first Gator since Puerto Rican Olympian Aury Cruz (2003) to have multiple matches with six service aces in a season
  • Snyder’s 24 points tied the highest total by a Gator in any match this season (Alhassan, 24 points at Arkansas, 3-2 win)
  • Snyder has six career matches with three-plus service aces—all of which have come this year
  • Snyder posted 20-plus points for the fourth time this season and sixth time in her career
  • Snyder has 19 double-doubles in her last two seasons after recording seven altogether as an underclassman
  • Rachael Kramer posted the second 20-point match of her career (the other came in UF’s five-set win over Nebraska back on Aug. 26)
  • Kramer’s eight blocks tied her career high, which she set last year in a four-set win at Florida State
  • Shainah Joseph posted the 13th 10-point match of her career—nine of those outings have come this year
  • Florida improved its all-time record against Arkansas to 41-3


  • 3D court projection video (Friday & Sunday)
  • Kid’s Korner (Gate 4 Lobby – Friday & Sunday)
  • Little Gators Hip Hop Squad (between sets 1 & 2 Sunday)
  • Post-match autographs (Friday & Sunday)

Sunday, Nov. 12 vs. Missouri | 1 p.m. ET
TV: SEC Network [Tiffany Greene, Missy Whittemore] | Streaming: Watch ESPN | Radio: Audio Stream [Tom Collett, Josh Crow] (also available via ESPN Gainesville 98.1 FM / 850 AM) | Live Stats

Missouri (17-9, 10-3 SEC) | 2016 synopsis: 27-6 overall, 16-2 SEC (t-1st) NCAA Regional Semifinalist

  • Series History: Florida leads, 5-4 (5-4 under Mary Wise)
  • 3-set: 4-1 | 4-set: 1-1 | 5-set: 0-2
  • Home: 3-1 | Away: 1-3 | Neutral: 1-0
  • Last Time Out: Nov. 20, 2017 in Columbia à L, 2-3 (18-25, 25-23, 15-25, 25-21, 10-15)

Coach Mary Wise on Twitter | Coach Mary Wise on Instagram

Press Release

Courtesy of Arkansas Athletics

The University of Arkansas volleyball team landed the first blow Friday evening before falling in four sets to fourth-ranked Florida at Exactech Arena. Redshirt senior Pilar Victoria led all players with 18 kills, sophomore Rachel Rippee tallied her 11th double-double of the season and junior libero Okiana Valle had 20 digs in the match. With the setback, Arkansas is now 17-9 overall with a 7-7 mark in SEC play.

Continuing their three-match road swing, the Razorbacks returns to action Sunday afternoon at South Carolina. First serve of the weekend finale is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. CT and will be streamed live on SEC Network+ through the WatchESPN app. Arkansas leads the all-time series against the Gamecocks, 25-12, including 10 of 17 played on the road.

No. 4 Florida 3, Arkansas 1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-7) | Box Score
Attendance: 3,031 | Time: 1:55
Exactech Arena (Gainesville, Fla.)


  • Leaders at Florida
    • Kills: Pilar Victoria – 18
    • Digs: Okiana Valle – 20
    • Blocks: Three tied with 3.0
  • Double-Doubles
    • Rachel Rippee – 38 assists, 17 digs

Victoria added nine digs, three total blocks and an ace to her offensive output. With 38 assists and a career-high 17 digs, Rippee registered her third double-double in a row. Valle’s effort marked her fifth match of the season with at least 20 digs; three of those have come during conference play.

Trailing by three at the media timeout in the first set, the Razorbacks rattled off six of the next seven points to go ahead 18-16 after a kill by Logan Brown and an ace by Victoria. The advantage grew to 21-18 after a Florida attack error. The Gators pulled to within one before Arkansas answered to regain the three-point cushion at 23-20 with an ace by Krista Kolbinskie. Dirrigl put down her second kill for set point and on the team’s third chance, Victoria went down the line for the Razorbacks’ first set win in Gainesville since 2004.

Despite a late set push by the visitors, Florida (21-1, 13-1 SEC) evened the match with a 25-20 triumph in the second. The Razorbacks trailed 23-17 but put together a four-point surge to cut their deficit to three and force a Florida timeout. The run was punctuated by a block by Rippee and Elizabeth Pamphile and two kills by Victoria. However, the hosts secured the last two points to pull even in the match.

In the third set, the Gators used an 8-2 run to stretch a one-point edge into a seven-point advantage and led 18-11 before pulling away to win set three. Another run of points early in the fourth set put Florida ahead on the scoreboard before closing the match on a 14-0 run.

For more information about Arkansas Volleyball, follow @RazorbackVB on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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