SEC: Gators Pile Up 23 Blocks vs. Ole Miss, Kentucky Sweeps LSU

  0 Wendy Mayer | October 19th, 2018 | College - Women's Indoor, News, SEC

SEC Roundup

  • Oct. 19, 2018

Missouri was the only home team in the four SEC matches on Friday to pick up a win, outlasting Auburn in four sets. Texas A&M took Tennessee to five sets, but could not hold home court. Florida rebounded after dropping the first set against Ole Miss, while Kentucky made quick work of LSU.


  • Florida def. Ole Miss 3-1
  • Kentucky def. LSU 3-0
  • Missouri def. Auburn 3-1
  • Tennessee def. Texas A&M 3-2


School SEC Overall
Florida 9-0 18-3
Kentucky 7-0 13-4
Missouri 7-2 17-4
Tennessee 6-2 15-5
South Carolina 5-3 14-4
Texas A&M 5-3 12-8
Alabama 3-5 16-6
Georgia 3-5 12-7
Arkansas 3-5 9-9
LSU 2-6 7-12
Ole Miss 1-7 11-11
Mississippi State 1-7 5-16
Auburn 1-8 8-11

Florida at Ole Miss

  • Florida moves to 18-3, 9-0 SEC; Ole Miss falls to 11-11, 1-7 SEC
  • Starkville, Mississippi
  • Box Score
  • Florida Recap / Ole Miss Recap


  • Florida has won 14 in a row dating to Sept. 8.
  • Florida racked up a program rally-scoring era record 23 blocks, topping the previous high of 21 achieved twice during the 2004 season, both against Tennessee (10/22, 11/21). The mark also is tied for fourth all-time in Gator history.
  • The Gators outdid the Rebels in every way: kills (56-52), efficiency (.286 to .132), aces (5-3) and blocks (23-7).
  • Holly Carlton (17), Thayer Hall (13) and Rachael Kramer (10) paced Florida with double-digit kill tallies, while Taelor Kellum added nine putaways. Kramer rounded out a double-double with 11 blocks, while Carlton hit at a team-high .424 clip and put up six blocks. Kellum notched 12 stuffs, while Mia Sokolowski chimed in with eight blocks.
  • Emily Stroup managed a 20-kill, 15-dig double-double for Ole Miss, but she hit just .115 and her nearest help came from Caitlin Wernentin‘s nine kills.
  • Lauren Bars turned in a 37-assist, 14-dig double-double.
  • Florida ran away with Set 4, jumping ahead 10-1, and did not allow Ole Miss closer than seven the rest of the way. Up 18-11, the Gators used a 6-1 run to earn a match-point try at 24-12 on a block by Hall and Kramer. The Rebels thwarted three attempts, before succumbing to a Sokolowski kill at 25-15.
  • The Gators racked up seven blocks in the final stanza, while limiting Ole Miss to a -.029 hitting effort.

Kentucky def. LSU 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-21)


  • Kentucky registered its 10th straight victory.
  • The Wildcats outhit LSU .327 to .090, including .440-plus efforts each of the first two stanzas. Kentucky also bested the Tigers in kills (44-31), aces 93-2) and blocks (6-3)
  • Leah Edmond and Brooke Morgan notched 10 kills apiece to pace UK. Morgan hit .421 and put up a team-high three blocks, while Edmond hit at an errorless .370 clip with six digs and two blocks.
  • Madison Lilley notched a 30-assist, 16-dig double-double for the Wildcats, her sixth of the season.
  • Taylor Bannister downed a team-best nine kills for LSU, but hit .000 for the match (9-9-26). Toni Rodriguez added seven putaway, while hitting .174.
  • Raigen Cianciulli and Lindsay Flory each managed double-digit digs with 16 and 13 respectively for the Tigers.
  • Kentucky built a 14-8 lead in Set 3 and held on for the victory. A 5-0 run, including three LSU miscues and a block by Anna Nyberg and Caitlyn Cooper made it 20-12, but the Tigers cut the margin to two at 21-19 with a 7-1 run of its own. The Wildcats called timeout and wrapped up the match with a 4-2 run, winning on their second match-point try at 25-21 on an Avery Skinner putaway.

Missouri def. Auburn 3-1 (25-21, 25-10, 21-25, 25-16)

  • Missouri moves to 17-4, 7-2 SEC; Auburn falls to 8-11, 1-8 SEC
  • Columbia, Missouri
  • Box Score
  • Auburn Recap / Missouri Recap


  • Missouri was better at the net in the match, outdoing Auburn .350 to .127 in efficiency, 52-41 in kills and 10-3 in blocks. Auburn meanwhile boasted a 7-4 edge from the service line.
  • Mizzou hit .433 or better in the three sets it won, but just .108 in Set 3. The Tigers ended the night with a .500 effort in Set 4, while limiting Auburn to a .097 clip.
  • Kylie Deberg and Leketo Member-Meneh paced Mizzou with 14 kills apiece, while Alyssa Munlyn and Darian Hollingsworth added nine each. Munlyn hit at a .571 clip, while Hollingsworth and Member-Meneh followed at .562 and .519. Deberg rounded out a double-double with 12 digs and three aces. Andrea Fuentes chipped in a 38-assist, 13-dig double-double. Tyanna Omazic led Mizzou at the net with six stuffs.
  • Munlyn tallied her 600th career block, becoming the second active player to do so (behind Illinois’ Ali Bastianelli – 666) and the first player in Missouri program history to reach the milestone.
  • Taylor Rowland was the lone Auburn player with double-digit kills, notching 12, while hitting at a .143 clip. Three others – Tatum Shipes (8), Shaina White (7) and Gwyn Jones (7) followed. White hit at a .417 clip, while the rest of the team were held under .200.
  • Β Missouri led 15-7 at the midway point of Set 4, thanks in part to two kills apiece by Hollingsworth, Member-Meneh and Munlyn. Munlyn also put up two blocks in the stretch. A 4-0 run, including two Omazic putaways pushed the Tiger lead to 19-9. Auburn got within six at 22-16, but Missouri closed out the match on a 3-0 run with kills by Fuentes, Hollingsworth and Deberg.

Tennessee def. Texas A&M 3-2 (25-23, 22-25, 25-21, 24-26, 15-12)

  • Tennessee 14-5, 5-2 SEC: Texas A&M 12-7, 5-2 SEC
  • College Station, Texas
  • Box Score
  • Tennessee Recap / Texas A&M Recap


  • Tennessee held on for the five-set win over Texas A&M by edging its foes in hitting efficiency (.202 to .195) and aces (7-6). The Aggies bested the Vols in kills (66-61) and blocks (11-9.5).
  • Tessa Grubbs was tops offensively for the Vols with 19 kills, while Erica Treiber (12) and Addisyn Rowe (12) followed. Rowe hit at a .370 clip and put up a team-best five blocks.
  • Sedona Hansen managed a 27-assist, 12-dig double-double.
  • Hollann Hans notched a 22-kill, 21-dig double-double but it was not enough to carry the Aggies to victory. Brookah Palmer added 15 kills and 10 digs, while Samantha Sanders chipped in 11 putaways.
  • Camille Conner had a strong all-around match with 54 assists, 12-digs, a match-high seven blocks and five kills.
  • After facing a match-point attempt at 24-22 in Set 4, Texas A&M kept the match going, stealing away the set with a 4-0 run.
  • Texas A&M scored three of the first four points in Set 5. Tennessee answered with a 7-2 run with help from two Rowe kills and four Aggie miscues to lead 8-5 at the changeover. A&M countered with six of the next eight points to go up 11-10. The Vols called timeout and closed out the win with a final 5-1 push.

Next Up

  • Missouri at Florida – 1 p.m. ET Sunday
  • Alabama at Arkansas – 2 p.m. ET Sunday
  • Tennessee at LSU – 2 p.m. ET Sunday
  • Mississippi State at Ole Miss – 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday
  • Georgia at South Carolina – 3 p.m. ET Sunday
  • Kentucky at Texas A&M – 3 p.m. ET Sunday

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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