Tuesday, 26 September 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

Florida Heads to Florida State for Midweek Matchup

Florida Heads to Florida State for Midweek Matchup

The Gators and Seminoles set for in-state rivalry match.


Match Notes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The third-ranked Florida volleyball team hits the road to face in-state rival Florida State on Tuesday in Tully Gym.

First serve is slated for 6 p.m. on the ACC Network with Sam Gore and Madison Fitzpatrick on call. The match can also be heard on the airways of ESPN Gainesville 98.1 FM/850 AM with Tom Collett and Nick Cheronis on the call.

Florida is coming off a 3-0 weekend at the Gators Invitational, defeating Sacramento State, Clemson and Winthrop. Florida State split its contests at the UCF Invitational last weekend – losing to Central Florida, while sweeping North Texas.

The Gators hold the 44-21 advantage over the Seminoles, including a 37-7 record under Mary Wise. In the last contest between the two squads, Florida took the 3-0 edge over FSU in Gainesville, Fla.

Last Time Out

  • The No. 3 Florida volleyball team went 3-0 at last weekend at the Gators Invitational, picking up wins over Sacramento State, Clemson and Winthrop
  • Offensively, the Gators were led by Kennedy Martin, who posted a team-high 41 kills across the three matches. AC Fitzpatrick followed closely with 37 kills of her own, while Anna Dixon and Sofia Victoria recorded 23 and 21 kills, respectively
  • Alexis Stucky led the squad to a .305 clip over the three-day tournament, dishing out 105 assists
  • At the net, Martin posted 21 blocks, averaging 1.91 blocks per set. Dixon and Gabrielle Essix each added 14 blocks of their own in the three victories
  • In the backcourt, Elli McKissock registered 48 digs, including a season-high 23 against Sacramento State on Sept. 7. Alexis Stucky (22), Kennedy Martin (21) and Trinity Adams (20) all tallied at least 20 kills over the weekend
  • Behind the service line, Adams and Stucky were lights out, registering eight and seven aces, respectively. Martin added four of her own, while McKissock tallied one

National Spotlight

  • As a team, the Gators are ranked in the Top-20 in the nation in the following:

    • Hitting percentage (14th | .297)
    • Blocks per set (20th | 2.79)

  • Individually, four Gators are ranked in the Top-50 nationally:

Gators in the Polls

  • After a 7-0 start to the season, including three wins over Top-10 teams, the Gators remained at No. 3 in the AVCA Top-25 Coaches Poll
  • Five SEC teams are ranked in the Top 25: No. 3 Florida, No. 15 Tennessee, No. 16 Arkansas, No. 21 Kentucky and No. 24 Auburn….

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