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Florida gains second sweep over Alabama

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Behind a program-record blocking day, the No. 4 Florida volleyball team improved to 4-0 after sweeping Alabama on Saturday afternoon to close out the series with the Crimson Tide.

Florida won the first set in a close 25-21 battle and followed with a 25-17 victory in the second frame. The Gators closed out the match with a 25-22 victory in the third.

UF's blocking game was the deciding factor in the victory, with the team recording 19.5 blocks on the afternoon. That number is the highest total in a three-set match in program history and is the ninth best total overall in the rally-scoring era.

Lauren Dooley led the way with 10.0 blocks, just two shy of her career-best. That mark is the fifth-best total in a three-set match in the rally-scoring era. Marlie Monserez and Nnedi Okammor each posted a career-high nine blocks in the match as well.

UF stifled Alabama's offensive game overall, holding the Crimson Tide to a .095 clip on the night.

T'ara Ceasar led the team offensively, posting 15 kills and a .344 clip on the afternoon. Thayer Hall also recorded double-digit kills, finishing with 11.

Marlie Monserez captained the Florida offense on Saturday afternoon, dishing out 28 assists.

Paula Cerame led the defense in the backcourt, posting a season-high 12 digs. Elli McKissock and Monserez each pitched in eight digs on the afternoon, while Ceasar added seven.

The Gators have come upon their scheduled bye week, but will return for the second half of the fall season on Nov. 11 at South Carolina.