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BLACKBIRD INVITATIONAL

No. 8 Florida shines against Denver 3-0

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Junior captain Rhamat Alhassan had a special day for the No. 8 Gators, who racked up their fourth straight sweep this season against the Denver Pioneers (25-17, 25-20, 25-11) in the opening match of the Blackbird Invitational Saturday. Alhassan hit an error-free .789 with 15 kills and added five blocks for a team-high 18 points.

Thanks to serving runs from Allie Gregory, Chanelle Hargreaves and Allie Monserez, Florida separated from the Pioneers in the first with an 11-3 run that gave the Gators control for the 25-17 set win. UF opened the second with a 5-0 lead under Alex Holston's serve and entered the locker room up 2-0 at the break with the 25-20 second-set win. The third was all Gators, wo worked to a 24-9 advantage before the Pioneers fended off match point twice until junior outside Carli Snyder slammed down one of her 11 kills and 13 points for match point.

In addition to Alhassan's season-best clip, Saturday's match allowed redshirt junior Shainah Joseph to get her feet wet after treating an injury the past two weeks -- and that she did, slamming down set point in the first frame. Freshman middle blocker Rachael Kramer had an impressive showing in the third set, slamming down two monster kills and posting three roofs in the final frame.

Freshman Allie Gregory dropped over a career high two service aces, Florida had just two reception errors and hit .437 as a team, its second-best efficiency of the season so far.

The Orange and Blue will wrap up the Blackbird Invitational Sunday with a noon match against host LIU Brooklyn.