Saturday August 16, 2014Gators Debut 2014 Squad at Fan Day
The Gators' annual Orange and Blue scrimmage took place in the O'Dome Saturday at Fan Day.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The No. 10 Gator volleyball team debuted its 2014 squad in front of an Orange and Blue-clad crowd Saturday at Fan Day in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
Tradition continued with the combined football and volleyball season-opening preview, starting with open football practice and football autographs in the O’Dome, while the UF volleyballers took their talents to the court for an entertaining afternoon clash in the annual Orange and Blue scrimmage before spending an hour signing autographs themselves.
Florida split into two teams, one blue, one white, and played three sets, no timeouts. Fans were treated to a balanced show, featuring a high level of play that confirmed one sure advantage for the Gators this season: depth. Tied at one set each, the third and final featured 11 ties and six lead changes as Florida battled it out.
The white squad edged out blue, but not by much: 25-22, 21-25, 25-23 -- and in the end, all the Gators won.
Five Florida freshmen made their debuts in the O’Dome, middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan, setter Abby Detering, defensive specialists Sam Dubiel and Lindsey Rogers and outside hitter Carli Snyder. Detering set for the blue team, while Snyder -- who hit .400 on the day -- shined for the white squad. Alhassan turned in four blocks.
A total of 12 letterwinners return in 2014 for the Orange and Blue, and for senior defensive specialists Maddy Monserez, Holly Pole and Taylor Unroe, Saturday’s fan day marked their last. Unroe and Monserez accounted for 63 percent of the blue squad’s digs, while Pole chipped in seven for the white team. It wouldn’t be a Florida match without an Unroe service ace, contributing to the blue team’s five.
The 2014 volleyball season kicks off Friday, Aug. 29, as the Gators welcome Georgia Southern, Idaho and Oklahoma to town for the Active Ankle Challenge and Florida opens conference play on the road Sept. 26 with a tilt at Auburn.
With the debut of the SEC Network on Aug. 14, a staggering 23 Gator volleyball matches will be available on the SEC Network or via SEC Network + on the WatchESPN platform this season, exposing Florida to over 90 million homes.
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