GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Following Wednesday (Nov. 23) night's 3-1 victory over Auburn, the No. 9 Gators are now one win away from clinching a share of the program's 22nd SEC title.
Florida travels to Arkansas on Saturday (Nov. 26), and a win there will assure the Gators no worse than a share of the league title. With Kentucky's loss in its season finale Wednesday night, Florida can clinch the conference title outright with a win and a Missouri loss. Missouri concludes its regular season against Tennessee on Saturday night.
Although the Gators' high-octane offense struggled for much of the evening, their defense returned to form, holding Auburn to a .163 clip and totaling 12 blocks. Prior to Wednesday night, UF had gone six straight matches without double-digit blocks. Junior All-American middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan, who tallied a team-high 16.5 points, led UF's defensive effort with 10 blocks.
Three-time All-American right side Alex Holston added three, as did redshirt sophomore setter Allie Monserez. Both Alhassan and junior outside hitter Carli Snyder logged double-doubles, finishing with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Snyder added 11 digs to her 20th double-digit-kill match of the year.
The Gators also got a standout defensive performance along the backline from junior libero Caroline Knop, who amassed 25 digs.
The Gators will conclude their regular season Saturday (Nov. 26) afternoon at Arkansas. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET, and the match will be streamed live via SEC Network +. Fans can also listen to the match on ESPN Gainesville 95.3 FM / 850 AM, with Tom Collett on the call.