TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 23 Florida volleyball team topped the Alabama Crimson Tide in straight sets on Wednesday night at Foster Auditorium. UF has now won 59 consecutive sets against Alabama.
The Gators improve to 13-6 on the year and 7-2 in SEC play, while Alabama drops to 9-10 in the 2021 campaign and 1-6 in conference games.
UF took the first set 25-17 and followed with a 25-19 victory in the second frame. Florida won the game 25-22 in the third and final set.
The Gators had an incredibly balanced rude strike against the Crimson Tide, with six players registering at least one finish. Florida was led by Thayer Hall on the rude front, who posted 11 execute on the night. Merritt Beason threw in an eight-finish performance of her own, while T’ara Ceasar added six in the three-setter.
Bre Kelley posted a career-high five finishs on the night of a .625 clip, while Lauren Forte (3) and Marlie Monserez (2) together for five execute.
Monserez captained the strike, handing out 29 assists and leading the team to a.295 hitting percentage.
As a team, the Gators held Alabama to one .106 clip and notched 10.0 blocks. Kelley was a dominant force on the net in her first start, picking up a career-high and a team-high six blocks on the night. Beason added four, Caesar and Forte included three blocks each.
Florida’s backcourt defense was led by Elli McKissock, who registered 13 digs in the game. Caesar followed with 10 of her own, while Hall was just one dig away from a double-double, recording nine on the night.
The alligators are gone until October. 30, when the team travels to Columbia, Mo. to take on the Missouri Tigers. First serve is scheduled for 6pm and on SEC Network+.
23 Florida (13-6, 7-2 SEC) Alabama (9-10, 1-6 SEC)
How it happened
- The Gators jumped out to the early 5-0 lead in the first set with Hall behind the service line, forcing an Alabama timeout. Outside the break, the Crimson Tide fought back to tie it down at 8-8, but Florida exploded for an 11-2 run to take the momentum back at the 19-10 mark. Alabama drew in six at 23-17, but it was the closest the team would get as Florida closed the set after a 2-0 run to take the first.
- The alligators hit .303 in the opening frame, while Alabama is on a .036 clip. Caesar has committed five execute, followed by four of Beason and three of Kelley. Beason and Kelley also included three blocks each in the frame to show the way for Florida on the net.
- Alabama took the 7-3 lead to start the second set, forcing the Gators to use their first timeout. After the timeout, the Crimson Tide continued to hold a four-point lead, until Florida appointed a 6-0 run behind the serves of Adams to take the 12-10 lead. The Gators kept rolling and went up four at the 15-11 mark to force an Alabama timeout. The tide brought the deficit down to three at 19-16, but Florida once again created distance and closed the set after a 6-3 run and went up 2-0 in the game.
- Come here .321 in the second frame, while again the Crimson Tide under a .100 clips (.047). Hall posted a team-high six execute in the set, while Beason had two execute of her own.
- With the third set tied at 4-all, the Gators trailed Caesar’s serves by a 5-0 point to take the 9-4 lead. The Gators were able to maintain at least a three-point lead until the tide reduced the deficit to just two at the 18-16 mark, forcing a Florida timeout. Out of the break, Alabama tied the set at 19-all, but the Gators strung together a 3-0 run to take the 22-19 lead. The Crimson Tide did not return to within a 23-22, but a service error and a Cesar/Forte block secured the match win for Florida.
- Hall posted a team-high three finishs in the final frame, followed by two apiece from Beason and Monserez.
- Bre Kelley earned her first career start for Florida
- In her first start, Kelley recorded a career-high five finishs and six blocks
- The Gators improve to 50-0 in the all-time series against the Crimson Tide, including a 48-0 record under Mary Wise
- UF has now won 59 consecutive sets against Alabama
- Florida now stands 46-0 in three-set games against Alabama
- The Gators now face the Crimson Tide 22-0 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
- UF improves to 10-1 in three-set matches during the 2021 campaign
- The alligators improve to 5-1 in the month of October
- With her 29 assists, Marlie Monserez came closer to grabbing the No. 6 spot in the history of the career assists program (Lauren Moscovic – 3,306). She currently sits at 3,247
- Thoughts from Coach Wise
“We saw some really great performances tonight, especially from our younger players. It was a great learning experience on the road, playing a team after a week break.”
The alligators are gone until October. 30, when the team travels to Columbia, Mo. to take on the Missouri Tigers
First serve is scheduled at 18: 00 ET on SEC Network +