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Gators return to Gainesville, sweep Crimson Tide

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - After a long-awaited return, the fourth-ranked Florida Gators finally got to compete at Exactech Arena, defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide in three sets on Friday night to move to 3-0 on the year.

Florida won the first set by a score of 25-18 and took the second frame 25-22. UF clinched the match with a 25-18 victory in the third set.

Thayer Hall had a dominating offensive performance on Friday night, recording 19 kills and a .472 clip in the three-setter. T'ara Ceasar added 13 kills of her own, while Holly Carlton pitched in nine in the match on 14 swings for a .643 hitting percentage.

Marlie Monserez led the team to a .404 clip on the night, dishing out 38 assists in the process. That hitting percentage is the highest one of the year for the Gators and is the best clip since 12/5/19 when Florida hit .412 against Alabama State in the NCAA Tournament.

UF held Alabama to a .193 clip on the night, registering eight total blocks. In her first start, Nnedi Okammor registered a team-high and career-high five blocks, while Ceasar added three on the evening. Monserez and Carlton each recorded two blocks as well.

Elli McKissock and Thayer Hall each recorded 11 digs on the evening, giving Hall her first double-double of the season. Paula Cerame added eight digs of her own, while Ceasar pitched in seven.

The Gators return right back to action on Saturday at 3 p.m. to close out the series with Alabama.