Freshman Hall Ignites Gators in Honda Opener
9/14/2018 | 7 PM
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Their start Friday was less than ideal. The Gators came out sloppy, committed seven hitting errors and dropped the first set to Jacksonville.
“I think the issue was how well Jacksonville played,” Gators coach Mary Wise said. “This is women’s volleyball 2018. Their players, especially in that first set, without making an error, serving BBs. That’s how it goes. Three-nothing wins, that is your mother’s volleyball.”
She also said the Gators’ quick turnaround might’ve played a factor in the early sloppiness, although she wouldn’t use it as an excuse. The Gators beat Florida State in Tallahassee on Wednesday night, so they were playing on about a day and a half of rest.
“In a perfect situation, this team would play the football schedule, one match on Saturday, a week of preparation because we’re so young and learning these new positions,” she said. “But that’s not the schedule that volleyball plays, so what we’re doing is growing quickly.”
Thanks to one of those freshmen who has grown quickly, UF (7-3) overcame slow starts in the first and third sets to defeat the Dolphins