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UF Volleyball: Five Gators Earn AVCA All-Region Accolades

Courtesy of University Athletic Association

BY KATIE CALLAHAN

Carlton, Ceasar, Forte, and Hall named All-Region; Monserez earned Honorable Mention nod

The sixth-ranked Florida volleyball team placed four student-athletes on the 2020-21 AVCA All-Southeast Region Team and one on the Honorable Mention Team, as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Tuesday.

Thayer Hall was named to the AVCA All-Southeast Region Team for the third-straight year, while Holly Carlton and T’ara Ceasar each earned their second All-Southeast Region nod on Tuesday.

After joining the Gators in January, Lauren Forte notched the first AVCA All-Region accolade of her career, while Marlie Monserez earned a spot on the All-Region Honorable Mention squad for the first time during her tenure in the Orange & Blue.

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These five and the rest of the Gators kick off NCAA Tournament play on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. against the winner of the first round match between Creighton and Morehead State. Florida’s second round match will be streamed on ESPN3 and can be heard on 98.1 FM/850 AM.

A breakdown of each honoree’s accolades are below:

Holly Carlton

  *   Second All-Southeast Region Honor (2018, 2020-21)
  *   2020-21 All-SEC Team
  *   Currently ranks ninth in the league in blocks per set (0.97)
  *   Sits first on the team in service aces (22), second in blocks (71), third in kills (182), points (242), and assists (64), and is sixth on the team in digs (49)
  *   Recorded double-digit kills in eight matches this season
  *   Hit over .300 in 11 of the 22 matches this season
  *   Scored at least 10.0 points in 14 matches this season
  *   Her .733 hitting percentage (12-1-5) against Missouri ranks second in the SEC for the highest attack percentage this season (min. 12 kills)
  *   Her 55-assist performance against LSU is the highest total for assists in the SEC in a four-set match this season
  *   2018 AVCA All-American

T’ara Ceasar

  *   Second AVCA All-Southeast Region honor (2017, 2020-21)
  *   Three-time All-SEC honoree
     *   Earned All-SEC and All-Freshmen Team honors in 2017 at Georgia
  *   Currently ranks fourth in the league in kills per set (3.92) and fifth in points per set (4.49)
  *   Has racked up nine double-doubles this season, the third-highest total in the conference this season
  *   Sits first on the team in kills (298), points (341), and service aces (22), second on the team in digs (194), and sixth on the team in blocks (34)
  *   Has notched double-figure kills in 18 of the 22 matches this season
  *   SEC Offensive Player of the Week (2/15)
  *   Her 24-kill performance against Missouri is the sixth-highest total in the SEC this season
  *   Her 19-kill performance against Tennessee is tied for the second-highest total in the SEC in a three-set match this season
  *   Registered a season-high 24 kills against Missouri on March 12
     *   Along with Hall’s 24 kills, the duo was the first Gator pair to record 20+ kills since Chloe Mann & Alex Holston on Nov. 3, 2013 (Texas A&M)

Lauren Forte

  *   First All-Southeast Region honor
  *   2020-21 All-SEC honoree
  *   Joined the Gators at the beginning of the spring portion of the schedule, missing the first eight matches in the fall
  *   Currently ranks first in the league in hitting percentage (.481)
  *   Sits first on the team in hitting percentage (.481), fourth in kills (95), and is fifth on the team in blocks (35) and points (116)
  *   Recorded a season-high 12 kills against Kentucky (3/19/21)
  *   Registered at least eight kills in 7 of her 14 matches this season
  *   Hit over .400 in 10 matches this season
  *   Earned All-Pac-12 Team honors in 2018 and 2019
  *   Named to the All-Pac-12 Freshman Team in 2018

Thayer Hall

  *   Third straight season earning AVCA All-Southeast Region honors
  *   Three-time All-SEC honoree
     *   2019 All-SEC selection & 2018 SEC All-Freshmen Team
  *   Has racked up two double-doubles this season
  *   Sits second on the team in kills (261) and points (298), fourth in digs (135) and blocks (37), and is tied for fourth on the team in service aces (14)
  *   Has notched double-digit kills in 13 of the 22 matches this season
  *   Registered a season-high 24 kills against Missouri on March 12
     *   Along with Ceasar’s 24 kills, the duo was the first Gator pair to record 20+ kills since Chloe Mann & Alex Holston on Nov. 3, 2013 (Texas A&M)
  *   Her .667 hitting percentage (16-2-21) against Arkansas ranks fourth in the SEC for the highest attack percentage this season (min. 12 kills)
  *   Her 24-kill performance against Missouri is the sixth-highest total in the SEC this season
  *   Her 19-kill performance against Alabama is tied for the second-highest total in the SEC in a three-set match this season
  *   Two-time AVCA All-American

Marlie Monserez

  *   First All-Southeast Region honor
  *   Finished the regular season with eight double-doubles, the fourth-highest total in the conference
  *   Currently ranks third in the SEC in assists per set (10.46)
  *   Led the squad to a .300 clip or better in eight matches during the regular season, including a .513 performance against Missouri
     *   The last time Florida hit over .500 was on Nov. 24, 2019 against Georgia
  *   Sits first on the team in assists (753), third in digs (190), blocks (39.0), and service aces (17), sixth in points (116.0) and kills (60)
  *   Recorded at least 30 assists in 17 of the 21 matches this season
  *   Registered a career-high seven kills in a four-set match against Tennessee
     *   Was just three kills off a triple-double (7 kills, 36 assists, 12 digs)
  *   Notched a career-best 20 digs in the five-set win against Missouri
  *   Totaled 9.0 blocks against Alabama in the fall – surpassing her previous career-high of 5.0
  *   Earned three SEC Setter of the Week and one SEC Overall Player of the Week honors this year
  *   Her 56-assist performance against Missouri is the fourth-highest total in the SEC this season

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