Florida volleyball remains undefeated after sweeping Georgia
It looked like the match was headed for a fourth set, Georgia only one point away from extending the match.
In comeback fashion the Florida Gators tied it up at 24, and swept the Bulldogs after winning the third set by a score of 27-25.
"They were making a lot of plays," said defensive specialist Chanelle Hargreaves. "They weren’t giving up on a lot of balls. They were passing pretty well. Everything came together for them in the third set."
Middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan added, "They definitely starting pushing back a lot harder and we definitely started erroring as well. We could have easily went away in that third set, and we found a way to fight and stay in it, and we managed to win that match in three."
"It’s not lack of effort," head coach Mary Wise said about the increased errors in the third set. "It’s part of maybe just going a little too fast, or some timing things when you’re pressing, and there’s really no reason to press when you’re up 2-0."
One player may have had zero points on the night, but she made a huge different when the Gators needed it the most.
"She had shown a mental toughness that was great for her teammates to see," Wise said about Hargreaves’s third set efforts. "In that moment, not only did she serve the ball in, but she served aggressive balls that put Georgia at a disadvantage."
Leading in points was Alhassan with 17.5, 14 of those coming from kills. Carli Snyder put up 11 points, and Rachael Kramer was right behind her with 10.5.
Florida heads to Ole Miss on Friday and returns to the O'Connell Center Sunday to take on Kentucky, which is a top ten team.
"It doesn’t get any easier," Wise said about next week’s competition. "Going on the road is a little bit difficult and then that quick turnaround. We don’t have much time to prepare but that’s the way it is."
The Gators remain undefeated this season with a 13-0 record, 5-0 in SEC play.