GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The 11th-seeded Gators (27-3, 16-2 SEC) swept Alabama State Friday (Dec. 2) night in the Lemerand Athletic Center, setting up an NCAA Tournament Second Round clash with archrival Florida State.
Saturday (Dec. 3) night's showdown, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., will be the fourth time in since 2010 the Gators and Seminoles meet each other in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. Florida is 2-1 in the three matches already played during that span, coming away with a four-set win in 2015 and a five-set victory in 2010.
Florida was led by three-time All-American right side Alex Holston and All-SEC outside hitter Carli Snyder in its convincing win over the Hornets (24-9, 18-0 SWAC).
Snyder logged match highs in kills (14), points (18), and digs (11), recording her team-best 10th double-double of the season. Holston logged 13 kills on 20 total attacks. Both were only charged with two errors and hit better than .540 for the match, effectively spearheading UF's .464 clip, the fourth-highest hitting percentage its ever recorded in NCAA Tournament play.
Defensively, UF's size and length provided the difference, limiting Alabama State to a mere 14 kills and an .016 hitting percentage.