The score of the box
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The 16th-ranked Florida volleyball team kicked off the Sunshine Invitational with a sweep over the Georgia Southern Eagles on Friday morning.
The Gators won the first set decisively, winning 25-15 over the Eagles to start the day. UF then followed with a 25-18 victory in the second frame and secured the sweep with a 25-13 win in the third.
Florida was led on the offensive front by Sophie-Victoriawho posted a 12 kill performance on Friday morning. Marina Markova followed by nine victories, while Bre Kelley threw five kills and a .625 clip in the game.
On his first trip to Florida, Rhett Robinson recorded four casualties, while Alexis Stucky and Nnedi Okammor each counted three in victory.
Stucky led the Gators to a .271 clip in three sets, delivering 25 assists in the process.
Florida held the Eagles to -0.010 efficiency in the morning, going 11.0 blocks in three sets. The last time the Gators held an opponent to negative hitting percentage was Dec. 2, 2021 against Florida A&M (-.026).
Kelley led the defensive effort at net with a team-high four blocks, while five different Gators scored three: Victoria, Markova, Robinson, Okammor and Stucky.
Elli McKissock paced the backcourt defense, finishing with a team-high 12 digs. Trinity Adams added 10 of his own in the three-set match, just one from his career high, while Stucky and Emily Canaan displayed seven and six, respectively.
McKissock also led the Gators behind the service line, posting three service aces, one shy of his career high.
The Gators are back in action tonight at 7:30 p.m. to take on the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles at Exactech Arena. The match will be broadcast on SEC Network+. Florida will then close the tournament against VCU on Saturday at 4 p.m.
No. 16 Florida (4-2)
South Georgia (5-2)
How did it happen
- The early morning start didn’t faze the Gators as the team took a 5-1 lead early in the first set. Florida continued to build on their advantage, outscoring seven after a 4-0 run to force Georgia Southern to use their first timeout at 10-3. Outside of that timeout, the Gators continued to roll, leading up to nine before back-to-back aces from Elli McKissock won the 25-15 victory.
- Florida hit .476 in the first frame, while keeping the Eagles to a clip of .188. Victoria and Markova each recorded a team-record four first-set tiebreak wins, followed by two from Kelley.
- The second set was a closer fight between the two teams to start, but the Gators managed to create some distance, grabbing a five-point advantage at 10-5. Georgia Southern cut the deficit to three at 10-7, but Florida kept the Eagles at bay before the media timeout by holding a 15-10 lead. Outside of that timeout, Georgia Southern would not retire, cutting Florida’s lead to just two at 17-15 to force a UF timeout. Florida went on a 5-0 run out of that break, taking a 22-15 lead and closing the set with a 25-18 win to go 2-0 up in the game.
- The Gators held Georgia Southern to a -.031 clip in the second set. Stucky and Markova each recorded three kills in the second set, while Kelley and Victoria threw two each.
- After Georgia Southern took a 2-0 lead to start the third set, the Gators responded with a 5-0 run to take a 5-2 lead. The Eagles pulled themselves out of the hole, tying the frame at 8-8, but once again the Gators were able to string together a run, this time shooting four at 12-8 to force a Georgia Southern timeout. The Eagles cut the lead to two at 13-11, but a 7-0 Florida run behind Canaan’s serves gave the Gators all the momentum and lifted them to a 25-13 victory.
- Victoria finished the final frame with five kills, while Markova and Okammor each added two.
- Last time Florida held an opponent at negative hitting efficiency was Dec. 2, 2021 against FAMU (-.026)
- Birdie Hendrickson tied his career high with four digs
- Sophie-Victoria tied his career high with three blocks
- Alexis Stucky tied his career high with three wins
- Emily Canaan tied his career high with six digs
- Florida moves to 4-0 in all-time series against Eagles
- The Gators are now 4-0 in three-set games against Georgia Southern
- UF is now 4-0 against the Eagles in Gainesville, Fla.
- Florida is 2-0 in three-set matches in 2022 campaign
- The Gators take on the Florida Gulf Coast at 7:30 p.m. Friday night, before wrapping up the Invitational against VCU on Saturday at 4 p.m.
- Both games can be streamed on SEC Network+
No. 16 Florida vs. FGCU Information Released
Date and hour : September 9 | 7:30 p.m.
Direct: SEC+ network | Live statistics: Broadcasting | Radio: ESPN Gainesville 98.1FM/850AM
Series Info – Florida No. 16 vs. FGCU
Eagles | Synopsis of the 2022 season: 4-2. ASUN 0-0
- This is the third meeting between the Gators and the Eagles.
- Florida leads 2-0 (2-0 under Mary wise)
- 3 sets: 3-0 | 4 sets: 0-0 | 5 sets: 0-0
- Home: 1-0 | Away: 0-0 | Neutral: 1-0
- Last released: November 30, 2018 | Orlando, Florida | F, 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-17)
No. 16 Florida vs. VCU Broadcast Information
Date and hour : September 10 | 4 p.m.
Direct: SEC+ network | Live statistics: Broadcasting | Radio: FloridaGators.com/watch
Series Info – No. 16 Florida vs. VCU
Rams | Synopsis of the 2022 season: 3-3, 0-0 A10
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