Gators Third-Straight Win Over Ole Miss

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The 22nd-ranked Florida volleyball team (10-5, 4-1 SEC) wrapped up the series against the Ole Miss Rebels (12-3, 1-3 SEC) with a dominant three-set victory Sunday afternoon at Exactech Arena.

The Gators won the first set 25-17 and followed it up with a crushing 25-13 victory in the second. Florida secured the final frame with a 9-0 run down the final stretch to win 25-17.

Merritt Beason and T’ara Ceasar each recorded a nine-Finish performance, leading Florida’s rude strike. Thayer Hall added eight disposals, while middle blockers Lauren Forte (5) and Lauren Dooley (4) combined for nine disposals.

Marlie Monserez led the Gators to a.349 scored in the afternoon, recording 32 assists in three sets.

The Gators were a force at the net, recording 13.0 blocks while holding the rebels to one.clip 040. Beason and Dooley led the way, recording six blocks apiece – that mark tied Beason’s career-high mark. Forte and Hall each recorded four blocks in the afternoon, while Caesar completes with three.

Florida’s backyard defensive effort was led by 12 Caesar digs. Elli McKissock followed with nine digs in the libero jersey, while Hall, Beason and Monserez added six, five and four, respectively.

Trinity Adams led the way behind the service line, recording two aces in the match. Beason, Caesar and Hall each added one each.

The Gators will be back in action next weekend, when the team travels to LSU to face the Tigers in a two-game series beginning Oct. 9.


  • No. 22 Florida (10-5, 4-1 sec)
  • Ole Miss (12-3, 1-3 sec)

How did it happen

Ole Miss took a 1-0 lead in the first set, but that was the last lead the Rebels saw, as Florida pushed forward and didn’t look back. The set was within two at 9-7, but the Gators went on a 6-2 run to take a 15-9 lead into the media timeout. Florida took an eight-point lead at the 19-11 mark, but Ole Miss cut its deficit to four after a 3-0 run. The Gators closed out the frame with a 6-3 run to go up 1-0 in the game.

  • UF here .500 in the first set, while holding Ole Miss to a.152 clips. Beason led the way with four disposals, while Caesar and Hall added three apiece. Florida also had five blocks in the first set, led by Dooley’s four and Hall’s three.
  • With the Gators leading 3-2 in the second set, Florida rallied 6-0 behind McKissock’s serves to force an Ole Miss timeout. After the break, UF continued to strengthen its lead, gaining a 10-point advantage at the 20-10 mark. The Gators won 25-13 thanks in part to three Caesar finishs and a Beason slam on the final five points.
  • Come here.314 in the set, led by four eliminations from Hall and three from Caesar. Beason, Forte and Monserez each launched two decisive strikes. The Gators again recorded five blocks overall, led by three from Forte.
  • The third set was a back-and-forth from the start, with neither team holding more than a three-point lead. Florida took a 15-14 lead in the media timeout, but at the break Ole Miss took a 17-16 advantage. In one inning, the Gators went on a 3-0 run to take a 19-17 lead and force the Rebels to use their first timeout of the third. Florida continued to come out of the break, closing the game on a 6-0 run thanks to Hall’s play behind the service line to move to 4-1 in the second.
  • Beason and Caesar led the way in the final quarter with three disposals each, followed by two from Dooley to secure the win.


  • Merritt Beason tied his career high in blocks with six in the game
  • The last time Florida held an opponent below A.100 clips was Aug. 28 against Sacramento State (.098)
  • The Gators are 56-3 in the all-time series against the Rebels, including a 50-0 record under Mary Wise
  • Florida is now 47-0 against Ole Miss in three sets
  • UF remains undefeated against the Rebels in Gainesville, Florida., switching to 26-0
  • The Gators are now 8-1 in three sets in the 2021 campaign
  • Florida improved to 543-73 (.881) at home since the program’s inception in 1984
  • Lauren Dooley now ranks 21st in program history in career blocks with 296, surpassing Lenee Hill (293) and Jenny Manz (296)
  • She is only 19 blocks away from breaking into the top-20

Coach’s thoughts

“In six straight sets, we are playing as well defensively as we have all season, against a very talented strike. ”

Up Next

  • The Gators hit the road to face the LSU Tigers for a two-game series starting Oct. 9
  • Saturday’s game is scheduled for 17 p.m. on the SEC + network
  • Sunday’s game will be broadcast on the SEC network at 13 p.m.

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