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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The Gators have come a long way.

After averaging 19.27 errors a match for the first 15 contests of the season, Florida has hit an average of only 11.43 attack errors in the seven matches following the loss to LSU.

No. 9 UF (19-3, 13-2 Southeastern Conference) used that mistake-free play to grab its seventh straight sweep. It disposed of Georgia (14-11, 5-9 SEC) quick Friday at the O'Connell Center 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-14).

The match featured an error-free first set by the Gators and a season-low six errors, a number that could have been even lower, coach Mary Wise said.

"Two of them were blocks, so we only hit four balls out of bounds," she said. "For us to only be blocked twice, it reflects the maturing process of out offense."

Due to the lack of errors, UF also attacked at an efficient hitting percentage of .474 - the best of the season.

Sophomore setter Kelly Murphy led the way once again with 12 kills to go along with a .579 hitting efficiency and 17 assists. But outside hitter Kristy Jaeckel was not too far behind with 11 kills and a .526 percentage.

When the Gators weren't busy getting kills, it seemed as if they were hitting service aces. The team hit eight service aces and six players contributed to that number.

Middle blocker Cassandra Anderson continued to show she is a threat behind the service line as she tallied up three of them against the Bulldogs.

"We've always wanted to be a team that on any given server going back we could make a run and we haven't always had that," Wise said. "But we have different players that are capable of doing that now."

On Sunday, UF will attempt to sweep its eighth straight opponent as it plays host to Auburn (14-11, 6-8 SEC) at 1:30 p.m.

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