11/20/2020 | 7 PM
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The fourth-ranked Florida volleyball team dropped a tightly-contested five-set match to South Carolina on Thursday afternoon.
The Gators move to 5-1 on the year, with two matches left to play. South Carolina finished the fall portion of its schedule with a 5-3 record.
South Carolina took the first set 25-21, but the Gators answered with a 25-17 win in the second frame. Florida took the 2-1 match advantage after a 25-21 victory in the third set, but fell 25-13 in the fourth to force a deciding fifth frame. The Gamecocks edged the Gators 15-12 in the final set to give Florida its first loss of the year.
Florida’s offensive attack was led by Thayer Hall, who recorded 20 kills in the five-set match. The last time a Gator recorded 20 or more kills was on Nov. 17, 2019, when Hall registered 22 against Kentucky.
T’ara Ceasar added 18 kills of her own, to go along with a team-high 14 digs for her first double-double of the season. Holly Carlton recorded 12 kills, while Nnedi Okammor finished with a career-high seven.
Marlie Monserez led Florida’s