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NCAA WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - THIRD ROUND

Gators drop in Regional Semifinal

188 days ago
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PROVO, Utah - The No. 16 Florida Gators volleyball team fell to the fourth-seeded BYU Cougars on Friday evening in the Smith Fieldhouse.

Florida finishes its 2018 campaign with a 26-7 record and a 15-3 record in the SEC.

UF took the first set in a tight battle, 25-23, but then BYU came back and won the second frame, 25-13. The Cougars then took the third set, 25-17 to take the 2-1 advantage in the match, then closed it out with a 25-19 win in the final set.

Holly Carlton led the offense on Friday night, posting 16 kills during the match. Paige Hammons added 11 of her own, while Mia Sokolowski pitched in eight.

Allie Monserez dished out a team-best 21 assists - her 31st time leading the Gators in that category this season.

Allie Gregory led the backcourt defense for Florida, posting 13 digs on the night. That was her 30th time leading the team in digs this season.

Marlie Monserez recorded her second double-double of the season, registering 11 assists and 10 digs.

As a squad, the Gators notched 8.0 blocks, led by a team-best four by Holly Carlton.

How It Happened

  • Florida got out to the early 5-0 lead in set 1 behind the serves of Paige Hammons and continued to hold the advantage throughout the middle of the frame. BYU tied it all up at 15-15, but Florida went on a 6-2 run to gain back the advantage. The Cougars battled to cut the deficit to one at 24-23, but Mia Sokolowski closed out the frame with a bullet down the line.
  • The Gators hit .216 in the frame, holding the Cougars to a .070 hit clip. Paige Hammons led the way with four kills, followed by three from Holly Carlton.
  • BYU took the advantage early in the second set, going up 12-7. The Gators were never able to get back in it, falling behind 23-11. A kill from Mia Sokolowski and a block from both Lauren Dooley and Holly Carlton kept the Gators alive, but BYU closed out the set on a Florida attack error.
  • Florida only hit .033 in the second frame, led by three kills from Holly Carlton. Paige Hammons and Mia Sokolowski both pitched in two as well.
  • Once again, BYU got out to the early lead in the third set, but Florida went on a 4-0 run to pull with two at 12-10. The Cougars then went on a run of their own, pulling ahead 20-13. The Gators cut the deficit to six at 23-17, but BYU closed it out to take the 2-1 lead in the match.
  • UF hit .105 in the third frame, led by seven kills from Holly Carlton and four from Paige Hammons. The start of the fourth set was a back-and-forth battle between the two squads, but BYU utilized an 11-6 run to take the advantage. From that point on, the Cougars held the momentum. Florida got within four points at 19-15, but BYU was able to close out the match.
  • The Gators hit .296 in the final frame, recording 12 kills along the way. Thayer Hall led the way with four kills, while Holly Carlton and Mia Sokolowski both pitched in three.

Notables

  • Holly Carlton finished with 11 kills - her 10th time leading the Gators in that category this season
  • Allie Monserez led the team in assists for the 31st time this season
  • Allie Gregory led the Gators in digs for the 30th time this season
  • The Gators finish the 2018 season 26-7 overall and 15-3 in the SEC
  • The Gators move to 5-4 against BYU in the all-time series, including a 5-1 record under Mary Wise
  • UF moves to 16-9 in Regional Semifinal matches and 4-7 on the road in the NCAA Tournament
  • Florida drops to 1-2 against the Cougars in four-set matches
  • UF drops to 10-2 in four-set matches this season

Thoughts from Coach Wise

  • "Hats off to BYU - they are a very good team who played exceptional way tonight. After the first set, we knew to be successful, we would need to be so clean and get a little bit of help. After the first set, BYU became very stingy with the points they were giving away. You can see where they are where they are with both their offense and defense."
  • "For our team to come in and battle, after all the injuries and as young as we are, I could not be more proud of himself. We came in here and battled hard."

Players' Corner
Redshirt Senior Setter Allie Monserez

  • "My time as a Gator has been unforgettable. From the moment I decided to transfer, everything just lined up. This year, the group was so different than last - it was so special to be with this team, especially having Marlie here."

Redshirt sophomore Right Side Holly Carlton on what it meant being a Gator this season

  • "I am sad that it is over, but I cannot be disappointed in the team at all. When I think about the series of events and the way that my life has led me here, I cannot help but feel so incredibly blessed that my path has allowed me to be a part of this team. The Gators have a lot potential in the future and I am so blessed for everything I have learned this season as a Gator in my first year."