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CARDINAL CLASSIC

Gators finish undefeated in Cardinal Classic

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The No. 10 Florida volleyball team rallied after being down 2-0 against Dayton to come up with the 3-2 on Saturday evening to finish the Cardinal Classic with a perfect 2-0 record.

Thayer Hall was named Tournament MVP, while Rachael Kramer was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Hall led the way on the offensive front, recording a career-high 25 kills throughout the five-set match. Rachael Kramer registered 11 kills, while Haley Warner added a career-best nine kills.

Marlie Monserez dished out 50 assists on the day, surpassing her previous career-high of 29.

The Gators totaled 15 blocks as a squad, led by a career-high six from Darrielle King. Kramer and Paige Hammons each pitched in four on the evening.

Allie Gregory led the defense with 18 digs, followed by a career-best 14 from Paula Cerame.

Records

No. 10 Florida (2-0)

Dayton (0-2)

How it Happened

  • With the set tied 8-8, Dayton opened up with a 4-0 run to take the 12-8 lead. The Flyers kept the Gators at a distance throughout the middle of the set, but Florida clawed back to within three points at 24-21 after back-to-back kills by Thayer Hall. The Flyers closed out the frame though and took the 1-0 lead in the match.
  • Florida hit .270 in the first set, led by five kills from Thayer Hall. Holly Carlton and Rachael Kramer both went 3-0-5 in the first frame for a .600 hitting percentage.
  • UF found itself down early in the second set, falling into a 12-6 hole. The Flyers were able to hold on to at least a four-point lead the rest of the way through the frame to take the 2-0 match lead.
  • The Gators were led by four kills from Hall in the frame, while Kramer added two
  • Florida battled back in the third set, coming out with the early 5-1 advantage. It was all Gators from that point on, grabbing as large as an 11-point lead throughout the frame. UF held Dayton to a .028 clip throughout the set and forced them into 10 attack errors in the frame.
  • Florida hit a stellar .464 in the set, led by seven kills from Hall in the frame. Haley Warner came up clutch for the squad, recording three kills in the frame. Kramer added two blocks in the set, along with two kills.
  • The Gators fell in an early 6-3 deficit in the fourth, but got within one at 9-8. Florida tied the set at 13-13 on a solo block from Darrielle King and took the lead at 17-14 after King and Warner paired up for two clutch blocks. The battle for every point continued and with a tie at 23-23, Hall closed out the set with back-to-back kills to force a fifth set.
  • UF hit .295 in the fourth frame, led by seven kills from Hall and five from Warner.
  • Right from the start of the fifth set, the teams traded points until the Gators were able to take a two-point lead at the 9-7 mark after a kill by Hall and a block by Warner and King. Dayton fought back late, taking the 13-11 lead over Florida. Back-to-back kills by Kramer and a block by Holly Carlton once again gave the Gators the lead at 14-13. Florida secured the victory with a kill from Monserez and a Dayton attack error.
  • The Gators notched seven kills in the final frame to complete the comeback victory.

Notables

  • Thayer Hall recorded a career-high 25 kills, passing her previous record of 21 against Texas on Aug. 25, 2018
  • She finished with a double-double - 25 kills and 10 digs
  • Marlie Monserez registered a career-high 50 assists on the day, surpassing her previous career-high of 29 against Texas on Aug. 25, 2018
  • Haley Warner finished with nine kills in the match, setting a new career-high
  • Paula Cerame finished with 14 digs, a career-best for the sophomore Darrielle King recorded a new career-high in blocks, recording six on the day
  • The Gators have now started the season 2-0 for the 24th time in program history
  • Florida moves to 3-0 against Dayton
  • UF is now 1-0 in five-set matches against the Flyers
  • The Gators are 2-0 against Dayton on a neutral court

Thoughts from Coach Wise

  • "This is one of those times where we could learn just as much about ourselves from a win that we could from a loss. As well as Dayton played and the situations we were in - being down two and to fight back. We won that on the depth of the team and some real gutty performances."

Up Next

  • The Gators are back in action on Wednesday night, when the team welcomes reigning national champions and current No. 1 team Stanford