The Florida Gators, ranked 10th in the nation in volleyball, defeated the Auburn Tigers on the road Friday night for their first conference win of the season. The Gators (7-3) are off to a great start this season after their 39th consecutive win over the Tigers and 20th all-time win at Auburn.
Florida swept the Tigers (25-14, 25-19, 25-19) and have won 24 straight SEC opener wins under head coach Mary Wise. The Gators had 43 kills in the match, half of which came from sophomore Alex Holston and freeman Rhamat Alhassan. Florida dominated the blocking, totaling 10 as a team; Auburn managed only three blocks.
Senior Holly Pole had 16 digs as well as one of four service aces for the Gators. Florida held Auburn below a .100 hitting efficiency in two of the three sets. The Tigers only totaled .096 for the match. Meanwhile, the Orange and Blue were able to rack up a .340 hitting percentage en route to an easy sweep over a lesser talented Auburn team.
After coming away with a win, the Florida volleyball team returns to Gainesville on Sunday, September, 28. They will take on the undefeated Ole Miss Rebels who stand at 14-0 on the season, a school-best start. Something will have to give, as the Rebels are undefeated, but Florida has swept Ole Miss in both the last contest in Oxford and the last contest in Gainesville. Florida leads the all-time series 43-3 and is 37-0 under Wise against the Rebels. The match is scheduled for 1:30 PM in the O’Connell Center and will be live on the SEC Network.
Florida will face both Auburn and Ole Miss again later in the season as well. Those matches are slated for mid-November towards the end of the regular season for volleyball. A win against the Rebels on Sunday would give the Gators a three-match winning streak heading into a two match road trip starting next weekend.