KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 4 Gators (20-1, 12-1 SEC) won their sixth consecutive match and logged their fourth straight sweep Sunday afternoon at Tennessee, while three-time All-American Rhamat Alhassan broke Florida's 14-year-old school record for career total blocks.
Although Florida's offense only finished with a .226 hitting percentage, three Gators posted double-digit kills. Senior outside hitter Carli Snyder posted her seventh double-double of the season, tallying a match-high 12 kills and 13 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Rachael Kramer totaled 11 kills and a match-high seven blocks, amounting to 14.5 points. Fifth-year senior right side Shainah Joseph tallied 10 kills, six of which came in the third set.
Alhassan, who finished with six blocks, broke a tie with Benavia Jenkins (2000-03) to become the program's all-time blocks leader at the 6-3 point of the second set. It was the 602nd block of her career. The Glenarden, Md., native also hit .400 with five kills on 10 total attempts.
Along the back line, senior libero Caroline Knop had a team-high 18 digs, while redshirt junior setter Allie Monserez had a double-double with 11 digs and 27 assists.
The victory also keeps Florida atop the Southeastern Conference standings, as they lead Kentucky by a half-game.
(COACH) WISE'S WORDS
Head coach Mary Wise's overall thoughts on the sweep... "In typical Tennessee fashion, they were well prepared and played very hard. We got a little impatient offensively, but credit Tennessee for their ability to stay in rallies. Offensively, it was a night where we really only scoring points from Rachael (Kramer) and Carli (Snyder).
Coach Wise on Carli's all-around performance... "Early on when we weren't getting blocks, Carli was our best point producer-both from an offensive standpoint, as well as blocking."
Coach Wise on Rhamat breaking Benavia Jenkins' school record... "Benavia played in the 30-point era, too. To be the school's all-time block leader, in the 25-point scoring era ... Rhamat is doing exactly what we all knew would happen when she came to Florida, and that's that she would leave her mark in the record book."
Florida returns home for a Friday night clash with Arkansas, as well as a Sunday matchup with Missouri, which will also be the Gators' senior day. For more information on these matches, follow this link to the Gators' schedule page.