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Rhamat Alhassan is the SEC Freshman of the Week!

Tuesday September 2, 2014Rhamat Alhassan Tabbed SEC Freshman of the Week

Rhamat Alhassan is the SEC Freshman of the Week!

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Florida middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan has been tabbed the SEC Freshman of the Week, announced by the league office Tuesday following Florida’s undefeated (3-0) season-opening weekend in the Active Ankle Challenge at home in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

 

The No. 11 Gators debuted the new campaign with victories against Georgia Southern (3-0), Idaho (3-0) and now No. 24 Oklahoma (3-2) and Alhassan played a big role.

 

The 6-4 middle put together a SEC-leading .600 hitting efficiency (23-2-35) through the first weekend of play and ranks second among freshmen in the league so far with 1.3 blocks per set. Alhassan, who was named to the Active Ankle Challenge All-Tournament Team, made her Florida debut against Georgia Southern with a .750 clip, zero attack errors, and 4.0 blocks against the Eagles and performed even better in UF’s nightcap Friday versus Idaho with a .812 clip and 13 kills on 16 error-free attempts with another 3.0 blocks. Alhassan became the first true freshman middle blocker at Florida to hit above .800 in a match since Cassandra Anderson (.909) did so in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

 

Alhassan then turned around and had six key blocks in UF’s five-set win against the Sooners Saturday, contributing to UF’s 13.0 on the day, the most for the Gators in a five-set match since Nov. 3, 2013.

 

WEEKEND NOTEBOOK

UF’s three opening wins gave Gator head coach Mary Wise 798 career victories. Wise will be the fifth Division I female head coach, and the only active female head coach, to reach 800 career victories (798-147, .844). Florida sophomore right side Alex Holston was the Active Ankle Challenge MVP, while freshman standout middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan and junior middle blocker Simone Antwi also grabbed All-Tournament honors. Holston, who buckled down in the fifth set to help UF solidify a hard-fought victory over Oklahoma, hit .289 (30-8-76), served up five aces (0.45/s) and is averaging 0.64 blocks per set, third for the Orange and Blue, so far this season. Holston is additionally pacing the Gators with 3.50 points per set and put together a four kill, .667 clip and two-block rally in the fifth and final set to seal the deal for the Gators against the Sooners. Alhassan, who leads the league with her .600 hitting efficiency, also had 23 kills, just two errors and 13 blocks (1.30/s) -- second among SEC freshmen --last weekend, while Antwi registered 30 kills, a .418 hitting efficiency and seven blocks. UF also saw starting setter Mackenzie Dagostino have a breakout weekend, as the junior ranks fifth in the SEC with 10.18 assists per set. Dagostino additionally has 0.91 blocks per set to her name, second on the Gators’ squad, after turning in two solo stuffs and eight block assists over the weekend.

 

UP NEXT

Florida has a stacked week as the Gators head to No. 8 FSU Thursday evening for a 6 p.m. tilt with the Seminoles at Tully Gym before hosting No. 3 Texas at the O’Connell Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. UF then hits the road for the USC Classic and will clash with No. 15 San Diego (9/11) and No. 6 USC (9/12) next week in Los Angeles.

 

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