COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Junior All-American middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan led the Gators with 15 points on 10 kills and six blocks as No. 11 Florida swept South Carolina (25-14, 25-19, 25-19) Sunday afternoon in Columbia in front of an ESPNU audience to improve to 14-2 on the season, 4-1 in conference play.
Senior right side Alex Holston joined Alhassan in double-digit kills with 11 as the duo combined for 27 of Florida's 53 points in the Gators' fourth conference win. Freshman middle blocker Rachael Kramer posted a team high .636 clip with eight kills and five blocks, giving the first-year Gator nine matches this season with a .500 efficiency or higher.
The story of the day was Florida's ability to string together serving runs and post a physical block against the Gamecocks - six in the first, five in the second - as the Orange and Blue out-blocked the Gamecocks 6-0 in the opening frame and 11-6 in the match. Kramer posted all five of her roofs in the first set to get the Gators out to a hot start, 25-14.
After a 6-6 tie in the second frame, the Orange and Blue pulled away with a 9-1 run, thanks in part to an eight-point service run from junior libero Caroline Knop, including back-to-back aces. Knop finished the afternoon in Columbia with 17 digs, her third-most this season and most in a three-set match this year, as Florida capped off its 18th consecutive victory against USC with 25-19 second and third set final scores
WORDS FROM WISE
"We set the tone for the match with aggressive serving and quality blocking. It allowed us, when our offense wasn't perfect, to make up for the mistakes. A lot of credit to our players, both front row and back row."
South Carolina: 13-4, 1-4 SEC
No. 11 Florida: 14-2, 4-1 SEC
NOTABLES AND TRENDS
* Florida moved to 12-1 this season when taking the first set after opening against the Gamecocks with a 25-14 first-set victory
* The Gators' two service aces: two from Caroline Knop, one each from Rhamat Alhassan and Carli Snyder, were their second-most in SEC play
* UF held USC to a negative efficiency in the first set (-.069) and a .030 clip on the match. The Gators have now held 11 of 16 opponents this season under a .200 efficiency
* Florida has now won 18 straight against the Gamecocks and now boasts a 25-5 record all-time in Columbia
* The Gators out-blocked the Gamecocks 11-6, including six blocks in the first, five in the second. Florida has put together seven double-digit block efforts in the last nine matches and nine double-digit block matches this season
* The Orange and Blue have played 11 of 16 matches so far this season on the road and will continue with a weekend set on the road next weekend at LSU, Texas A&M
* UF is now 419-46 (.901) all-time in SEC play, including a 393-24 mark the past 25 seasons under Mary Wise.
The Orange and Blue will keep it on the road with matches at LSU and Texas A&M October 15 & 17 in Baton Rouge and College Station, respectively. The Gators and Tigers will stream live on SEC Network + at 8 p.m. ET, while Florida and Texas A&M will play in front of a live television audience on SEC Network at 5 p.m. ET.