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Florida gets straight-sets victory over LSU

1923 days ago
Florida Athletics

BATON ROUGE, La. -- For the fifth straight match Gators junior right side Alex Holston led the Orange and Blue in kills, including a floor-high 14 Friday as No. 14 Florida swept LSU at the PMAC in Baton Rouge to improve to 21-5 overall, 13-4 in conference play with 25-22, 25-20 and 25-13 set wins.

In their second-to-last SEC match of the 2015 campaign, and first tilt with the Tigers (9-17, 5-10 SEC) this season, the Gators posted 14 blocks to LSU's three in Florida's ninth consecutive win against LSU, UF's second-best output of the SEC schedule. Senior veteran Simone Antwi posted a career-tying seven blocks alongside sophomore middle Rhamat Alhassan, who also put up seven roofs, her most since Oct. 18, in Florida's double-digit block outing.

Holston hit .429 for Florida with her 14 kills on 28 swings, with just two errors to pace the Gators' offensive efforts in Baton Rouge, UF hitting .308 on the night to LSU's .082. Senior setter Mackenzie Dagostino hit .600 with three kills on five errorless swings. Sophomore outside Carli Snyder had nine kills, second-most for the Gators, and senior libero Nikki O'Rourke led Florida with 14 digs, while eight different players had multiple scoops in the match.

After two tightly contested 25-22 and 25-20 first and second set wins for the Gators -- featuring 11 ties and six lead changes -- the Gators came out of the locker room energized and jumped out to a 6-0 start in the final frame en route to their best set of the night. Florida hit .393, posted five blocks and held LSU to a -.029 clip in a 25-13 sweep.

The No. 14-No. 25 match-up in College Station will mark UF's seventh top-25 clash of the year. The Gators are 4-2 against ranked opponents this season, and Florida swept the Aggies at home on Oct. 9 and posted their best efficiency of the season (.517) with their lowest error match of the year (six attack and three service errors) against A&M. While Florida is undefeated against the Aggies, Texas A&M is riding an 11-match win streak, has lost just five sets at home all season and is in the driver's seat in the SEC standings with a week remaining.


"The 3-0 score doesn't tell the full story. LSU did a really nice job, especially the libero, of digging the ball. We got a little impatient from the offensive standpoint, but in the third set regrouped and were very productive both offensively and defensively.'


* 23 | Kills for the Gators between junior right side Alex Holston (14) and sophomore Carli Snyder (9), to account for over half Florida's 33 kills

* 19 | The Gators have now posted double-digit blocks in 16 of 26 matches this year

* 16 | UF has 16 sweeps in 2015, 12 in SEC play and has swept 11 of its last 13 opponents

* 14 | Blocks for Florida, second-most in conference play only to UF's season-high 17 at Kentucky

* 14 | Holston led the Gators in kills, with 14 for the fifth straight match and for the sixth time in the last seven UF tilts

* 14 | Times the Orange and Blue have limited their opponent to a .200 efficiency or lower this season, including LSU's .082 Friday

* 7 | Blocks each for middles Rhamat Alhassan and Simone Antwi, a career-tying mark for Antwi and the most for Alhassan since Oct. 18 at Kentucky. Antwi additionally had an error-free outing with three kills on 10 attacks to hit .300 on the night


Florida will take on No. 25 Texas A&M in its SEC finale Sunday in College Station. First serve is slated for 2 p.m. ET on SEC Network.