Gators Victory Over Coastal Carolina

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The 14th Florida volleyball team closed its non-conference program with a victory over the Carolina Coast in straight sets on Sunday afternoon at Exactech Arena.

The Gators picked up where they left off in Saturday’s match, winning the first set 25-15. Florida then followed with a 25-19 victory in the second inning, before closing out the game with a 25-21 victory in the third.

Florida’s offense was led by Sofia Victoria, who posted a 14-finish performance in the afternoon. T’ara Caesar launched 13 decisive strike of his own on a .423 points, while Marlie Monserez and Thayer Hall added six and five disposals respectively.

Monserez led the Gators to a .370 points in the match, distributing 38 assists in three sets. With this performance, she surpassed Kris Bova (2,843 | 1998-2001) in eighth place in the history of the program for career assists (2,875).

The Gators notched six blocks at the net, holding the Singers to one.196 clip about the afternoon. Lauren Dooley led the way with a five-block effort, while Monserez added three.

Florida’s backcourt effort was led by 11 digs from Caesar, while Victoria and Elli McKissock added nine apiece.

Trinity Adams scored a career-high four service aces for the Gators, followed by three from Caesar and one from Victoria.

The Gators will start conference play Thursday, facing Mississippi State in the first of a two-game series. Thursday and Friday’s games are scheduled for 19 p.m. on the SEC+ network.

How did it happen

With the first set tied 4-4, the Gators took a seven-point lead thanks in part to Adams’ play behind the service line. Florida kept rolling, forcing Coastal Carolina to use its second and final timeout of the frame at the 12-5 mark. The Gators controlled the momentum the rest of the way, trailing by as many as 11 points before winning the frame 25-15.

Florida hit a star.545 in the first set, while holding coastal Carolina to just one.125 clips. Monserez had a team-high four disposals, while Hall added three of his own.

The Gators once again took the lead early in the second set, this time taking a 9-2 lead behind the serves of Caesar and Adams to force a Chanticleers timeout. After the break, the Coasters got within five at 10-5, but Florida went on a 4-0 run to cause a timeout for the Chansleers. The Gators got 10 points at the 18-8 mark, but Coastal Carolina cut the gap to just five at 24-19. The Gators were able to close out the frame to lead 2-0 in the game.

The Gators hit.353 in the second set and kept the singers at one.091 clip. Victoria scored a team-high seven eliminations in the frame, followed by six Caesar eliminations.

The third set was tight right up until the start until the Gators were able to take the lead five minutes into the media timeout. After the break, Florida kept rolling, taking a nine-point lead at 20-11 to force Coastal Carolina to use its first timeout of the frame. The Singleers trailed, cutting Florida’s lead until it was only three at 24-21, but a finish by Caesar secured the game’s victory.

Florida recorded 18 disposals in the final period, led by six from Victoria. César added five in the set, while Gabrielle Essix posted three.

Notable

Trinity Adams recorded a career-high four aces on serve in the match

T’ara Caesar recorded his eighth consecutive game with double-digit eliminations

Caesar also posted his fourth double-double of the year, finishing with 13 disposals and 11 digs

Sofia Victoria scored her third consecutive match in double-digit statistics

Gators improve to 2-0 against Chanticleers

Florida is now 2-0 in three sets against Coastal Carolina

The Gators improve to 5-1 in three sets during the 2021 campaign

Marlie Monserez moved up to eighth place in the Florida record book for career assists (2,875), surpassing Kris Bova (2,843 | 1998-01)

Coach’s thoughts

“Behind the game of Trinity Adams, combined with the weapons of T’ara Caesar and Sofia Victoria, we were able to put together enough good games to beat a very experienced and experienced coastal team.”

Up Next

The Gators kick off the conference portion of their schedule with a two-game series with Mississippi State starting Sept. 23

Both games will be broadcast at 19 p.m. on the SEC+ network and can be heard on ESPN 98.1 FM / 850 AM

Florida holds 52-0 record over Bulldogs

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