GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 19 Florida Volleyball team fell to No. 10 Arkansas in three on Sunday afternoon inside the Exactech Arena.
The Gators move to 14-5 on the year and 6-4 in SEC play, while Arkansas improves to 20-3 overall and 10-1 in the conference.
Arkansas took the first frame 25-19, then followed with a 25-20 win in the second to take a 2-0 match lead. The Razorbacks closed out a tightly-contested third set with a 25-23 win.
Freshman Kennedy Martin posted a team-high 11 kills, with Sofia Victoria adding nine of her own. Gabbi Essix added six to finish with a .600 clip off of 10 attempts as well as AC Fitzpatrick recorded six of her own.
The Gators finished with a total six team blocks, with Nnedi Okammor finishing with one solo block.
The Gators remain at home, facing No. 12 Tennessee on Friday, Nov. 3 inside the O’Dome. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. on SEC+.
No. 9 Florida (14-5, 6-4 SEC)
No. 25 Auburn (20-3, 10-1 SEC)
How It Happened
- The Gators kept a steady two-point lead at the start of the first set., but Arkansas rallied back, going on a six-point scoring run to take their first lead of the set and force a Florida timeout. The Razorbacks kept a six-point advantage as the Gators took their final timeout of the frame. Out of the break, Florida tried to cut the deficit, but fell 19-25.
- Florida grabbed an early advantage in the second, pulling ahead 4-0. Arkansas would chip away, but an ace from Trinity Adams gave the Gators a 12-8 lead. The Razorbacks pulled ahead to 13-12, and took a five-point lead to force Florida to use its second timeout. Out of the break, a block by Gabbi Essix and Kennedy Muff gave the Gators some momentum to get within three, but Arkansas held on for the 25-20 victory.
- The Gators recorded four blocks in the second, with Nnedi Okammor recording one solo.
- Both teams went point-for-point at the start of the third. Martin put one down to end the longest rally of the match and tie it at eight. The Razorbacks took a 15-13 lead, forcing a Florida timeout. Back-to…