Third-ranked Texas volleyball pulls away from No. 11 Florida in four sets
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Sophomore Chiaka Ogbogu and freshman Cat McCoy posted career numbers on Saturday to lead No. 3 Texas volleyball past No. 11 Florida, 3-1, in Gainesville, Florida.
Ogbogu finished with 11 kills and a career-high nine blocks, while McCoy posted 20 digs in front of a crowd of 4,845.
Junior Molly McCage finished with nine kills and nine blocks, while junior Sara Hattis added five blocks of her own.
As a team, the Longhorns outblocked Florida, 16-15.
The victory was a balanced effort, as senior Haley Eckerman finished with seven kills, five digs and one ace and junior Amy Neal had eight kills, five digs and two blocks.
Senior Khat Bell posted seven digs and sophomore Pilar Victoria had six.
Sophomore Nicole Dalton recorded 25 assists, six digs and four kills, while sophomore Chloe Collins had 17 assists and sophomore Kat Brooks added six digs.
Texas came out strong in the first set, winning the first point of the match on a Victoria kill. The Longhorns had kills from five different players in the first 11 points to run out to a 9-4 lead. UT led by as many as seven in the set and won it, 25-16.
In the second set, Florida took the reigns early, scoring three of the first four points. The Gators led by as many as five points, but Texas chipped away at the lead to tie it at 22. Both teams had two set points, but UF came out with the second set, 28-26.
The third set was closer, as neither team led by more than two until consecutive Neal kills gave the Longhorns a 20-16 advantage. From there Florida could not answer and Texas won five of the last six points to win the set, 25-17.
In the fourth set, the Longhorns jumped out to an early 6-1 lead, but the Gators rallied back to get within one. From there, UF could not close the gap and Texas took the set, 25-16 and the match, 3-1.
Texas will play host to No. 23 Arizona on Friday in the 26 West Longhorn Classic.