OXFORD, Miss. - The No. 11 Florida Gators' volleyball team topped the Ole Miss Rebels on Friday night in the Gillom Center behind an absolutely tremendous blocking performance by the entire team.
Ole Miss took the first set, 25-19, but Florida battled back to win the second set, 25-21. The Gators then won the third set, 25-21 and clinched the match with a 25-15 win in the fourth.
With the victory, the Gators extend their winning streak to 14 matches and remain first in the SEC with a 9-0 record.
Florida moves to 9-0 in conference play for the 20th time under head coach Mary Wise.
The Gators notched a program record 23 blocks as a squad - led by 12 from Taelor Kellum and 11 from Rachael Kramer. The previous program record came all the way back in 1999, when Florida recorded 21.5 blocks against Penn State.
Holly Carlton paced the offense on Friday night, finishing with 17 kills. Thayer Hall followed with 13 kills and Rachael Kramer chipped in 10 of her own. Taelor Kellum was one kill away from a double-double, posting nine during the night.
Allie Monserez led the team in assists during the match, dishing out 29. Marlie Monserez registered 18 as well on the evening.
Allie Gregory controlled the backcourt defense, recording 19 digs on the night. Paige Hammons added 11 digs of her own during the match.
The Gators return to action on Sunday at 1 p.m. when they face third-place Missouri on the SEC Network.
How It Happened
- At the media timeout, Florida found itself down 15-14. A Rachael Kramer kill tied the frame at 15-15, but Ole Miss went on a 6-0 run to take a 21-15 lead late. Florida pulled it to within four points at 20-24, but an Ole Miss kill secured the set for the Rebels.
- The Gators only hit .194 in the set, racking up 13 kills along the way. Holly Carlton led the offense with four kills, while Rachael Kramer and Taelor Kellum each added three during the frame. Ole Miss once again held the 15-14 lead at the media timeout after a tight back-and-forth battle. A Rachael Kramer kill tied the set at 15-15 and from that point on, the teams would trade points until Florida took the 22-20 lead on an Ole Miss attack error. Two kills from Holly Carlton and a kill from Paige Hammons allowed Florida to close out the set and even the match at 1-1.
- Florida notched 15 kills during the second set, registering a .282 hit clip. UF held Ole Miss to a .045 hitting percentage in the frame. Thayer Hall finished the set with seven kills and Holly Carlton added four.
- The Gators controlled the third set from the start, getting out to a 9-4 lead. Florida continued to hold on to at least a three-point lead for the remainder of the set. The Gators clinched the frame on a service error by the Rebels.
- UF recorded a .424 hit clip during the frame, with 16 kills. Holly Carlton posted seven kills in the set, followed by four from Rachael Kramer.
- After three-straight attack errors by Ole Miss, Thayer Hall led the Gators on a five-point service run to put Florida up 10-1. UF held control of the entire set, only allowing 15 points from the Rebels.
- The Gators hit .250 in the final frame and held the Rebels to a -.029 hit clip.
- The Gators set a new program record for blocks in a match, registering 23.0 - the previous best came in 1999 against Penn State (21.5)
- Taelor Kellum posted 12 blocks during the match - tying her career-high
- Rachael Kramer recorded a career-high 11 blocks during the night - her first block of the match was the 300th of her career and the 100th of the season
- Mia Sokolowski also added eight blocks during the night
- Three Gators recorded double-figure kills - Holly Carlton (17), Thayer Hall (13) and Rachael Kramer (10)
- The Gators move to 51-3 against Ole Miss, including a 45-0 record under Mary Wise
- Florida is now 5-1 against the Rebels in four-set matches
- UF moves to 8-1 in four-set matches this season
- The Gators are now 25-3 against the Rebels in Oxford, Miss.
- Florida moves to 9-0 in the SEC for the 20th time under head coach Mary Wise
- UF extends its win streak to 14 matches
Thoughts from Coach Wise
"Ole Miss played very well, especially early in the match. It was a night where our blocking carried us until the rest of our game caught up.
- The Gators return home to face Missouri on Sunday for a 1 p.m. matchup
- The match will air on the SEC Network with Melissa Lee and Missy Whittemore on the call
- Florida holds the 7-4 series advantage over the Tigers