The Florida Gators defeated the Florida State Seminoles in straight-sets during the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.
Kentucky’s Leah Edmond was named Player of the Year, while teammate Gabby Curry was named Libero of the Year and Alli Stumler was named Freshman of the Year. Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors when to Arkansas’ Hailey Dirrigl.
Kentucky extended its win streak to 11 matches and remains as the lone undefeated team in the SEC after a five-set win over Texas, while Missouri knocked off No. 11 Florida in Gainesville for the Gators first league loss. Four road teams came up victorious in the six Sunday matches.
Alyssa Munlyn (above) had 5 blocks for Missouri and Kylie Deberg had a career-high 21 kills as the Tigers won their 5th match in their last 9 tries versus Florida.
10th-ranked Florida registered 20 blocks, the 2nd-highest total recorded in the rally-scoring era, to halt RV Georgia’s upset bid 3-2 on Sunday afternoon. The Gators remain undefeated in SEC action, as Taelor Kellum and Mia Sokolowski notched career-high block totals.
Kentucky stayed perfect at 4-0 with a road sweep at Mississippi State, while Florida, Arkansas and Missouri won at home. The Gators and Razorbacks pulled out five set wins, with Florida hanging on for victory to move to 5-0 and Arkansas overcoming a 2-0 deficit for its first league win.
Kentucky’s Leah Edmond picked up SEC Player and Offensive Player of the Week nods for Week 6, while teammate Madison Lilley was tabbed as Setter of the Week. South Carolina’s Mikayla Robinson picked up defensive honors, while Florida’s Thayer Hall and Mississippi State’s Paige Shaw were named as Co-Freshmen of the Week.
Florida won its ninth straight match and fourth in SEC play with a sweep of Alabama on Sunday.
While 10th-ranked Florida earned a sweep at LSU, Mississippi State earned the first SEC victory of the July Darty era with a 5-set comeback win over Auburn.
Texas A&M knocked off RV Georgia in 5 sets, otherwise favored SEC programs earned victories to close out opening weekend. RV South Carolina, Missouri, 11th-ranked Florida and Texas A&M are all off to 2-0 conference starts.