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No. 9 Gators shut out Rebels

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Florida Athletics

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Even with another stellar performance from junior All-American middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan, the No. 9 Gators needed a third-set rally to sweep a feisty Ole Miss group, but the hard-fought victory moved Florida into a three-way tie for first place in the SEC standings Friday (Oct. 28) night.

Alhassan tallied a team-high 17.5 points on 14 kills and five blocks. The Glenarden, Md. product also hit .545, marking the third time in the last four matches she hit above .525.

Three-time All-American right side Alex Holston and junior outside hitter Carli Snyder also logged double-digit points, scoring 13 and 10, respectively. Holston logged 12 kills and two blocks, while Snyder scored with nine kills and a service ace, all of which went along with 12 digs.

Freshman middle blocker Rachael Kramer, who leads the nation with a .489 hitting percentage, totaled seven kills and two blocks, and finished with a whopping .700 clip.

Redshirt sophomore setter Allie Monserez was the center of distribution for the Gators, finishing the night with 44 assists-which is the second-highest total by an SEC player in any three-set match this season.

Junior libero Caroline Knop led the Gators' back row with a match-high 20 digs, and helped UF post its fourth receiving error-free night of the season.

Despite the narrow 25-22 and 25-23 victories in the first two sets, Florida rarely trailed in either one. In the third, however, the Gators found themselves in a seven-point hole, trailing 12-5. The Gators eventually knotted the match at 20-20, and won consecutive points with kills from Monserez and Snyder to break a 25-25 tie. Holston and Snyder combined for 12 points after Ole Miss took its 12-5 lead.


Florida head coach Mary Wise on tonight's sweep of Ole Miss...

"Rhamat (Alhassan) carried us all night against an Ole Miss team that played very well. It came down to a huge play at the end. Sam Dubiel stepped in and made the play of the night on match point."


No. 9 Florida: 19-2, 9-1 SEC

Ole Miss: 13-10, 2-8 SEC


* The Gators move into a three-way tie for first place in the SEC standings with Kentucky and Missouri, both of which hold 9-1 records in league play and were idle on Friday night

* Florida improves to 48-3 all-time against Ole Miss, and extended its winning streak against the Rebels to 43

* Allie Monserez now boasts two of the highest three-set assist totals by an SEC player this season, as her 44 assists tonight ranked second, and her 43 assists at Alabama (Sep. 25) rank tied for third

* Caroline Knop's 20 digs tied the third-highest total by an SEC player in any three-set match this year, and tied the highest total in any SEC match this season

* For the second time this season, Rachael Kramer hit at least .700 on a night in which she had 10-plus total attacks, with the other outing coming at Alabama (Sep. 25), when she hit .727 with nine kills on 11 total attacks

* Kramer also has seven matches this season in which she had 10-plus total attacks and hit better than .500

* Carli Snyder's nine kills and 12 digs left her one kill shy of her eighth double-double of the season


Florida concludes its four-match homestand with a 12 p.m. ET duel with LSU, which will be televised live on SEC Network. Courtney Lyle and Missy Whittemore will have the call for SEC Network.