Gators Open 2022 Season With Win Over Ospreys

August 27, 2022

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 15 Florida volleyball group opened its season on a excessive notice Friday, defeating the North Florida Ospreys in 4 units in Exactech Area.

North Florida clinched the primary set, 25-20, however the Gators answered with a come-from-behind 25-23 victory within the second body. The third and fourth units belonged to Florida, with UF claiming 25-15 and 25-13 wins to safe 1-0 begin to the season.

With this victory, Florida has now gained 30 season openers, together with six-straight.

UF racked up 56 kills within the four-setter, with Marina Markova posting a team-high 16 in her Gator debut. Merritt Beason added 12 kills of her personal, adopted by 11 from Bre Kelley.

Gabrielle Essix posted a career-high 9 kills within the match, whereas Sofia Victoria rounded out the scorers with 5 kills of her personal.  

Three Gators recorded over a .300 hitting share, with Kelley main the best way on a .688 clip (11-0-16). Markova completed with a 16-2-32 line for a .438 hitting share and Essix posted a .533 clip, ending with 9 kills on 15 swings with one error.

Alexis Stucky posted 36 assists in her first collegiate match, whereas Birdie Hendrickson added 10 assists of her personal within the season opener.

The Gators stored the Ospreys to beneath a .200 hitting share on the night time (.195), racking up 6.0 whole blocks. Essix led the defensive effort on the internet, recording three blocks, whereas Kelley, Beason, Markova and Stucky every added two within the victory.

Elli McKissock managed the backcourt protection within the libero jersey, tallying 12 digs within the four-setter. Trinity Adams added a career-high 9 digs of her personal, adopted by six apiece from Emily Canaan, Beason and Stucky.

As a squad, the Orange & Blue tallied 11 service aces, led by three from each Canaan and Beason.   

The Gators are again in motion on Saturday, taking over ETSU and Virginia to shut out the Gators Invitational. Florida will face the Buccaneers at 12 p.m., earlier than taking over the Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m.


No. 15 Florida (1-0)

North Florida (0-1)

How It Occurred

  • The opening set of the 2022 marketing campaign was a back-and-forth battle, with neither group holding greater than a two-point lead till the Ospreys broke up on a 4-0 run to power a Florida timeout on the 11-7 mark. The Gators obtained again to inside three at 14-11, however North Florida lengthen its result in six factors to power the second UF timeout of the body at 18-12. A service run by Emily Canaan pulled the Gators again to inside three, however UNF created a deficit that UF couldn’t climb out of, claiming the body 25-20.

    • Florida hit .290 within the body, however could not maintain the Ospreys beneath a .300 clip, with North Florida posting a .364 hitting share. Kelley and Markova every posted a team-high 4 kills.

  • The second set as soon as once more began with the 2 squads buying and selling factors, however with the body tied 7-all, the Ospreys went on a 4-0 run to take a well-recognized 11-7 benefit. North Florida pulled forward by as many as seven on the 17-10 mark, however the Gators chipped away to chop the deficit to knot the second set at 18-18. From that time on, neither group held greater than a one-point benefit till Florida went up 24-22 and compelled an Osprey timeout. Out of the break, North Florida obtained one again, however an assault error secured the comeback for Florida.  

    • The Gators hit .286 within the second set, whereas holding North Florida to a .188 clip. Markova led the best way with 5 kills, adopted by three from Beason.

  • With the third set tied 5-5, Beason led the Gators on a 6-0 run behind the service line to offer Florida the comfy 11-5 lead. It was all Florida from that time on, with the Gators taking a seven-point benefit at 20-13. UF cruised to a 25-15 victory to take the 2-1 lead within the match.

    • Florida as soon as once more gained the hitting share battle within the third set, popping out on high with the .333 clip. Beason posted a team-high 5 kills within the body, adopted by three apiece from Essix and Victoria.

  • The Gators managed the tempo from the beginning within the fourth body, with Kelley and Stucky combining behind the service line to offer Florida the 7-1 lead. UF continued to develop its lead, pulling forward 10 on the 19-9 mark. UNF obtained one again, however the Gators went on a 3-0 run to power an Osprey timeout at 22-10. Out of the timeout, Florida closed out the match with a 25-13 victory to safe its thirtieth season opening win in program historical past.

    • UF hit a stellar .452 within the closing body, with Markova posting a set-high 5 kills. Kelley and Beason every added 4 within the set, all whereas the protection held UNF to a complete of six kills.


  • Bre Kelley posted a career-best 11 kills and a personal-best .688 clip within the match
  • Trinity Adams recorded a career-high 9 digs within the victory
  • In her Gator debut, Alexis Stucky posted 36 assists in three units of motion, paired with six digs, two blocks, one kill and one service ace  
  • In her first match donning the Orange & Blue, Marina Markova led the squad in kills with 16 and posted a .438 clip to associate with two blocks, one ace, one help and one dig
  • In her collegiate debut, Emily Canaan earned the beginning and posted a team-high three service aces, together with six digs and two assists
  • Emerson Hoyle (2 digs) and AC Fitzpatrick (1 kill, 1 dig) every noticed their first motion in a Gator jersey as nicely on Friday night time
  • The Gators have now gained 30 season openers in program historical past
  • That is the sixth consecutive season opener UF has gained
  • Florida strikes to 1-0 towards the Ospreys in program historical past

Ideas from Coach Sensible

  • “Tonight was such an incredible studying alternative for our group due to how nicely North Florida performed. Credit score to a group that actually performed nicely tonight.”

Up Subsequent

  • The Gators are proper again in motion on Saturday with a two-match slate
  • Florida takes on East Tennessee State College at 12 p.m. earlier than closing out competitors towards Virginia at 7:30 p.m.
  • Each matches will likely be streamed on SEC Community +

No. 15 Florida vs. ETSU Broadcast Info

Date & Time:
Aug. 27 | 12 p.m.
Reside Stream: SEC Community+ | Reside Stats: Statbroadcast | Radio: ESPN Gainesville 98.1 FM/850 AM

Collection Info – No. 15 Florida vs. ETSU

Buccaneers | 2021 season synopsis: 11-17, 7-9 Southern  

  • That is the primary assembly between the Gators and the Buccaneers

No. 15 Florida vs. Virginia Broadcast Info

Date & Time:
Aug. 27 | 7:30 p.m.
Reside Stream: SEC Community+ | Reside Stats: Statbroadcast | Radio: ESPN Gainesville 98.1 FM/850 AM

Collection Info – No. 15 Florida vs. Virginia

Cavaliers | 2021 season synopsis: 8-20, 1-17 ACC

  • That is the fourth assembly between the Gators and the Cavaliers  
  • Florida leads 3-0 (2-0 underneath Mary Sensible)
  • 3-set: 3-0 | 4-set: 0-0 | 5-set: 0-0
  • Residence: 3-0 | Away: 0-0 | Impartial: 0-0
  • Final Time Out: Nov. 24, 1995 | Gainesville, Fla. | W, 3-0 (15-4, 15-8, 15-6)

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