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Outside hitter Sofia Victoria celebrates a point against the Louisiana State Tigers Sunday Oct. 9, 2022. Victoria led the Gators with 13 kills against Kentucky Saturday.

No. 10 Gators sweep SEC-rival No. 18 Kentucky

After a thrilling third-set comeback jolted the crowd of 3,361 out of its seats, junior libero Elli McKissock put the cherry on top with a service ace. No. 10 Florida avenged last year’s three-set loss in Lexington with a sweep of the No. 18 Wildcats at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Saturday afternoon.

The Florida volleyball team celebrates a point against the LSU Tigers Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022.

No. 14 Gators defeat Arkansas in five sets, sweep weekend

After a sluggish start where Arkansas owned the opening frame, No.14 Florida outlasted the Razorbacks in five sets. The Gators had three players record double-digit kills, with senior outside hitter Marina Markova leading the group with 17. Junior outside hitter Sofia Victoria tied her season-high with 16 and sophomore outside hitter Merritt Beason tallied 12. 

Florida outside hitter Merritt Beason laid down a 21 kills against the LSU Tigers Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022. The performance matches her career high.

No. 15 Gators outlast LSU in 5 sets to secure weekend sweep

For a moment Sunday afternoon, it seemed the Louisiana State Tigers had solved the riddle of the Florida Gators. Down two sets to none, the Tigers stormed back to force a winner-take-all fifth set. The No. 15 Gators claimed the 15-point finale to win their second game of the weekend (25-18, 26-24, 25-27, 21-25, 15-9) against LSU.

Junior libero Elli McKissock earned her 1,000th career dig of her collegiate career during Florida's match with the LSU Tigers Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022.

No. 15 Gators defeat LSU to open weekend series

The Florida faithful still packed the house to the tune of 3,584 to watch their No. 15 Gators defeat the Louisiana State Tigers three sets to one (25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 27-25) Saturday evening. Head coach Mary Wise said it’s the first home match played on a homecoming Saturday in at least 33 years.

Outside hitter Marina Markova and middle blocker Gabrielle Essix rise above the net for a block against Virginia Aug. 27, 2022.

South Carolina stuns No. 12 Florida in five sets

South Carolina snapped Florida’s seven game winning streak in five sets (25-20, 21-25, 25-17, 22-25, 7-15) with a Sunday matinee comeback win at the Carolina Volleyball Center in Columbia, South Carolina. It is Florida’s first loss in Southeastern Conference play and a tough blow for a squad that was one set away from a weekend sweep. 

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