Moore, a graduate student outside hitter, recorded her second double-double of the year, finishing with a career-high-tying 23 kills on .388 hitting, a personal-best 16 digs and three blocks. During the final frame, she had six kills to lead the Lady Vols (19-3, 10-2 SEC) to their first victory in Gainesville since another five setter on Nov. 4, 2011.
Junior outside hitter Erykah Lovett also posted a double-double, notching her sixth of the season with 15 digs and 12 kills. Graduate student right side Morgahn Fingall had an all-around performance with 17 kills, eight digs, five blocks, two assists and one ace. Redshirt freshman setter Caroline Kerr narrowly missed a double-double, posting 53 assists and nine digs on the day. It was the third 50-assist match of her career.
Defensively, graduate student libero Yelianiz Torres tallied a team-best 21 digs and three assists from the back row. At the net, graduate student middle blocker Raeven Chase recorded a match-high six blocks and seven kills, while sophomore middle blocker Keondreya Granberry added four kills and three blocks.
The match featured eight lead changes and 27 ties. Tennessee won the battle defensively, outblocking the Gators (14-6, 6-5 SEC) 12 to seven on the day and tallying 71 digs to Florida’s 67. UT hit .256 for the contest and finished with 65 kills.
The first set was a story of runs. Tennessee opened on a 6-2 swing, but the Gators answered with a 10-3 run of their own. The Lady Vols responded by winning seven of the next nine points to go up 16-14, but Florida followed it up by taking nine of the next 11 points. UT made a late push, but the hole was too deep to climb out of. Despite hitting .000 for the frame with nine attacking errors, the Lady Vols narrowly dropped the set, 25-23. Moore had four kills and three digs, while Chase added three blocks and two kills to lead Tennessee.
The second set was all Lady Vols thanks to an impressive offensive display and converting on 14 of their 15 sideout opportunities. The Big Orange outhit UF .485 to .128 in the frame, while Fingall had six kills to pace the offense. Tennessee jumped out to an 8-3 advantage and never trailed throughout the duration of the period to even the…