GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The third-ranked Florida volleyball fell in a tightly-contested five-set match to the No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday.
Florida set a new program record on Sunday, with 10,323 fans in the stands of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. That is not only a O’Dome record, but also is the highest-attended match hosted by an SEC school all-time. It is also the highest attendance for an on-campus volleyball match in the state of Florida.
Florida finishes the non-conference schedule with an 8-1 record, while Wisconsin moves to 9-0 on the season.
The Gators won the first frame 25-15, then followed with a hard-fought 25-22 victory in the second to take the 2-0 lead. Wisconsin answered with a 25-21 win in the third and then a 25-22 victory in the fourth to force a winner-take-all fifth set. The Badgers won the hard fought fifth set 15-13 to clinch the match.
Florida’s offensive attack was evenly spread in the match, with Kennedy Martin posting a team-high 13 kills. She was followed by AC Fitzpatrick and Nnedi Okammor, who each pitched in 11. That mark was a career-high for Okammor in her senior season.
Florida tallied eight blocks in the match, led by Nnedi Okammor’s five. Martin added four in the five-setter, while Dixon posted three.