Gators start SEC game against Alabama

Match Notes

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s 12th-ranked volleyball team begins the hunt for its 25th SEC championship on Wednesday when the Alabama Crimson Tide comes to town.

The first service is scheduled for 7 p.m. on SEC Network+ and the game can also be heard on ESPN Gainesville’s 98.1 FM/850 AM airways.

Florida is coming off a thrilling five-set victory over the then No. 1. 4 Wisconsin, while Alabama beat Texas State in straight sets in its last outing.

The Gators hold the 50-0 record against the Crimson Tide, including a 48-0 record under Mary wise and a 25-0 advantage in Gainesville, Fla.


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  • Giveaway: Team Schedule Posters and Team Magnets
  • Student Block Party with pregame games at Gate 3
  • Post-match autographs with the team on the pitch

Last time against Alabama

  • The last time these two teams met was on October 20, 2021 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where the Gators swept the Crimson Tide (25-17, 25-19, 25-22)
  • The Gators had an incredibly balanced offensive offense against the Crimson Tide, with six players recording at least one kill. Florida was ruled by Thayer Room on the offensive front, which recorded 11 kills in the evening. Merritt Beson launched his own performance of eight deaths, while T’ara Caesar added six in the three sets
  • Bre Kelley posted a career-high five wins on the night on a .625 clip, while Lauren Forte (3) and Marlie Monserez (2) combined for five wins
  • Monserez captained the offense, providing 29 assists and leading the team in .295 hit percentage
  • As a team, the Gators held Alabama to a .106 clip and notched 10.0 blocks. Kelley was a dominant force at net in his first start, grabbing a career-high and team-high six blocks on the night. Beason added four, while Caesar and Forte each recorded three blocks apiece
  • Florida’s backcourt defense was led by Elli McKissock, who recorded 13 digs in the game. Caesar followed with 10 of his own, while Hall was just a dig away from a double-double, recording nine on the night.

Last outing

  • The 16th-ranked Florida volleyball team beat No. 4 Wisconsin in a five-set thriller on Friday night while setting an NCAA regular-season attendance record of 16,833 fans (25-21, 25-18, 26-28, 13-25, 15-13)
  • The Gators’ defense at net proved to be the difference, with Florida holding the Badgers to .115 efficiency. As a team, UF totaled 16.0 blocks in the five-man game, led by seven of Bre Kelley. Alexis Stucky and Marina Markova each added five in the win, while Gabrielle Essix added four
  • Florida’s offensive offense was led by a record 21 kill performance from Merritt Beson. Essix threw 10 kills, while Markova added eight in the win
  • Alexis Stucky controlled the pace of the game for Florida, delivering 45 assists – matching his career-best mark
  • Elli McKissock led the backcourt defensive effort for Florida, finishing the game with 18 digs. Trinity Adams added 10 digs in the win, while Beason and Victoria had eight and six respectively
  • Beason posted the team’s top three service aces in the win, followed by one each from McKissock and Emily Canaan.

Alligators in the SEC

  • As a team, the Gators are ranked in the Top-6 in the conference in four categories:
    • Opponent Hit Percentage (1st | .133)
    • Blocks per set (1st | 2.81)
    • Ace per set (5th | 1.86)
    • Hit Percentage (6th | .258)

  • Individually, the following Gators rank in the Top 10 in various categories:

No. 12 Florida vs. Alabama Information Released
Date and hour :
September 21 | 7 p.m.
Direct: SEC+ Network
Live statistics: statbroadcast
Radio: ESPN Gainesville 98.1FM/850AM

Series Info – No. 12 Florida vs. Alabama

crimson tide | Synopsis of the 2022 season: 6-6, 0-0 SEC

  • This is the 51st meeting between the Gators and the Crimson Tide.
  • Florida leads 50-0 (48-0 under Mary wise)
  • 3 sets: 46-0 | 4 sets: 4-0 | 5 sets: 0-0
  • Home: 25-0 | Away: 22-0 | Neutral: 3-0
  • Last release: October 20, 2021 | Tuscaloosa, Alabama | F, 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-22)

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