ATHENS, Ga. -- No. 12 Florida opened November with a dominating sweep at Georgia Sunday to cap off four Florida-Georgia athletic clashes this week with a 25-12, 25-12, 25-19 straight-set win at the Ramsey Center.
Florida held the Bulldogs (5-17, 0-10) to a -.031 hitting efficiency and just 19 kills, the lowest for a Gator opponent this season, as the Orange and Blue improved to 17-4 on the season and 9-3 in Southeastern Conference play. The sweep marked UF's 12th of the season and extended the Gators' win streak to eight matches with just seven more regular-season contests remaining.
Senior setter Mackenzie Dagostino turned in her team-leading sixth double-double of the season with 25 assists and 10 digs, while two other Gators notched double-digit scoops in a stellar defensive effort for Florida. Sophomore outside hitter Carli Snyder hit an error-free .500 with a team-leading 12 digs, while junior right side Alex Holston turned in 10 digs. Dagostino additionally posted a team-high four blocks against Georgia to wreak havoc at the net.
Senior outside hitter Živa Recek paced the Gators with 12 kills, while sophomore middle Rhamat Alhassan hit an error-free .667 and posted three blocks. Florida had the opportunity to get sophomore Abby Detering in at setter in the third frame, while freshman middle Taelor Kellum notched her first kills as a Gator.
Detering additionally made her presence known behind the service line after serving up a staggering 14 consecutive Florida points.
Florida worked quick en route to a 25-12 first-set final, as Recek slammed down eight kills to aid the Gators' .500 efficiency to UGA's .107 clip. Kellum got in on the action with the first two kills of her Gator career on seven swings and finished the afternoon in Athens with a block as well.
After a closer start to the second, the Orange and Blue broke a 5-5 tie with a 17-1 run -- including Detering's 14-point service strand -- for a 22-6 margin before Georgia strung together six points down the stretch resulting in a 25-12 second frame and a 2-0 Florida lead heading into the locker room at the break.
The Gators closed out the third and final set with a 25-19 decision.
"The hitting numbers today will be what people may focus on, but we are even more pleased with the defensive effort and holding a SEC team to such low numbers."
BY THE NUMBERS· 19 | Kills for Georgia, the lowest for a Gator opponent this season after San Diego State had just 23 in Hawaii. In SEC play, both Arkansas and Missouri had 25 last weekend
· 14 | Point serving run for sophomore setter Abby Detering to help carry the Gators through the second set. Junior Alex Holston has the next-longest for the Gators on the season with nine against San Diego State in Hawaii
· 12 | Straight wins against the Bulldogs for the Gators with Sunday's sweep. Florida now owns a 25-4 record all-time in Athens
· 12 | Sweeps for Florida in 2015, including eight in SEC play. The Gators have swept seven of their last eight matches
· 8 | Consecutive wins for Florida with Sunday's 3-0 decision to extend the Gators' season-best win streak · 2 | Times this season Florida has limited its opponent to a negative hitting efficiency including Sunday against UGA (9/12 vs. San Diego State, -.040) and 13 times Florida has held opponents to a .200 efficiency or lower
· 1 | UF checked in at No. 1 in this week's RPI rankings after playing a gruesome non-conference schedule that included seven straight matches on the road to start the season. Florida is additionally 4-2 against top-25 opponents in 2015
UP NEXTWith just six more SEC matches and seven contests in the regular-season, the Orange and Blue will have a split weekend coming up with a home tilt against Mississippi State in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Friday before a road trip to Auburn Sunday for the second meeting between the Gators and Tigers.