Friday, 22 September 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

Gators Put Up Valiant Effort, Fall to No. 1 Wisconsin in Five


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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.

Sofia Victoria and Anna Dixon registered nine kills apiece on night.  

After Alexis Stucky went down in the second set due to injury after dishing out 17 assists, Kennedy Muff entered and finished the match with 28 helpers.

Florida tallied eight blocks in the match, led by Nnedi Okammor’s five. Martin added four in the five-setter, while Dixon posted three.

Trinity Adams paced the backcourt defense with a career-high 17 digs on the night, followed by Elli McKissock’s 16. Martin grabbed her second…

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