defending Southeastern Conference champion University
of Florida volleyball team concluded
its spring season on Saturday by going 1-2 with a win against TCU and a pair of
close losses to Texas
at the Texas Tornados tournament.
Florida opened the day by dropping its first match of the spring as
the Gators in three with scores of 30-24, 30-21, 30-20. Florida rebounded with a win in their second
match as UF beat TCU 30-18, 30-20, 15-10. The Gators closed out the event with
an agonizingly close loss to the Longhorns (17-30, 32-30, 36-34). Florida finished the
spring season with an 11-2 record.
areas where we have improved as a group and some areas where we need to get
coach Mary Wise said. “The competition today was good for our team and the
playing experience was invaluable for a group that includes two true freshmen
and a redshirt freshman.”
opening match of the day, junior opposite hitter Amber McCray (Longview, Texas) paced the Gators with eight kills, while
sophomore middle blocker Kelsey Bowers (Gainesville, Fla.)
second match against the Horned Frogs, Bowers again played well with a
team-high 11 kills. Competing against two of her sisters, junior outside hitter
Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.)
tallied eight kills. Hampton’s
older sister, Linda, is an assistant coach with TCU, while her younger sister,
Nirelle, is a setter on the team.
spring finale, Florida
nearly defeated the Longhorns after claiming the opening game before falling in
the second two games. Hampton
notched a team-high 11 kills with McCray and Bowers each recording eight.
Redshirt freshman middle blocker Kristina
Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) also fared well with a team-best
nine blocks (2 solo, 7 assists), while chipping in with five kills.
won’t return to the court as a team until fall practice begins in August.