SEC: Mississippi State Earns 1st SEC Win of Darty Era, Florida Sweeps

  0 Jil Price Igara | September 26th, 2018 | College - Women's Indoor, News, SEC

While 10th-ranked Florida earned a sweep at LSU, Mississippi State earned the first SEC victory of the Julie Darty era with a 5-set comeback win over Auburn.

Updated Standings:

 Florida 3-0 12-3 7-1 3-1 2-1
 South Carolina 2-0 11-1 6-0 1-1 4-0
 Missouri 2-0 12-2 4-0 2-1 6-1
 Texas A&M 2-0 9-5 4-1 0-4 5-0
 Kentucky 1-0 7-4 4-0 3-2 0-2
 Alabama 1-1 13-2 7-1 2-1 4-0
 Georgia 1-1 10-3 4-0 2-2 4-1
 Tennessee 1-1 10-4 6-1 2-3 2-0
 Mississippi State 1-2 5-11 2-3 1-4 2-4
 Ole Miss 0-1 10-5 4-1 1-3 5-1
 Auburn 0-3 7-6 2-2 3-2 2-2
 Arkansas 0-2 6-6 3-2 1-3 2-1
 LSU 0-3 5-9 1-3 2-4 2-2

Mississippi State def. Auburn 3-2 (21-25, 12-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-13)

After falling behind to Auburn 2-0, Mississippi State came all the way back to claim the victory in 5 sets in Starkville, Miss. The Bulldogs, who ended a 5-match skid with their 2nd win in the last 11 meetings, helped first-year head coach Julie Darty earn her first SEC victory at Mississippi State.


The Tigers used a 7-0 run to secure a 14-9 lead in the opening set and held off a late push by the Bulldogs, which cut the deficit to 3, to secure a 25-21 win.

Auburn continued to possess the momentum in the second set, jumping ahead 6-1. The Tigers never let up en route to their 25-12 victory.

The third set was a battle, as it contained 12 tie scores. With the set knotted 20-all, Mississippi State stayed alive in the match with a 5-2 closing stretch to earn the 25-22 win.

With the score tied up at 19-19, the Bulldogs used a 6-4 closing run to send the match to five sets with a 25-23 win in Set 4.

A series of 7 ties in the finale was broken by the Bulldogs, who scored 3 of the final 4 points to earn the win 15-13.

Paige Shaw (18 kills) and Amarrah Cooks (10 kills) paced Mississippi State offensively. Alleah Stamatis and Morgan Kath each registered 19 assists, while Kendall Murr posted 19 digs.

Brenna McIllry (19), Gwyn Jones (17) and Anna Stevenson (10) each notched double-figure kill totals for Auburn. Stevenson added 9 blocks, while Mica Allison recorded 54 assists and Bella Rosenthal compiled 17 digs.

#10 Florida def. LSU 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-19)

10th-ranked Florida secured its 3rd SEC conference victory with a sweep on the road at LSU Wednesday night. The Gators used a .323 attack percentage and a 10 to 4 blocking edge to claim the win.

Now on an 8-match win streak, Florida owns a 40-5 mark against LSU under head coach Mary Wise.

In the first set, LSU used a 6-point push to take an 8-4 advantage early. The Tigers went on to lead by as many as 5 before the Gators came rallying back into contention at 14-all. Seven additional tie scores followed, then Florida broke through with a 4-2 closing stretch to earn the 25-23 win.

A string of 5 ties occurred in the second set before the Gators used a 6-2 rally to earn a 25-21 victory.

In the third set, Florida jumped ahead 17-11 with an 8-2 run. LSU did not give up though as the Tigers rallied back to tie the score late, 19-19. The Gators responded with a 6-point push to close it out 25-19 and earn their 3rd consecutive sweep.

Thayer Hall (11 kills) and Holly Carlton (10 kills, 5 blocks) led Florida to the win. Allie Monserez distributed 23 assists, while Allie Gregory logged 11 digs and Rachel Kramer notched 5 blocks.

Milan Stokes registered 12 kills and a .346 attack percentage for the Tigers, while Taylor Bannister contributed 11 kills. Anna Zwiebel posted 32 assists and Raigen Cianciulli recorded 20 digs.

Up Next:

Date Matchup Location Time
Friday, Sept. 28 Missouri at Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. 6:30 p.m.
Georgia at Ole Miss Oxford, Miss. 7 p.m.
Arkansas at Kentucky Lexington, Ky. 7 p.m.
South Carolina at Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. 8 p.m.

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