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UF Volleyball: Two Gators Earn SEC Weekly Honors

Photo by Chris Kim

Courtesy of University Athletic Association

BY KATIE CALLAHAN

Lauren Dooley named Defensive Player of the Week for the third consecutive week, while Monserez earned both SEC Player of the Week honors and Setter of the Week honors

After picking up the series sweep over No. 25 Missouri last weekend, two Gators earned SEC Player of the Week honors, the league announced Monday.

Junior Marlie Monserez earned both overall SEC Player of the Week and Setter of the Week accolades, while classmate Lauren Dooley was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week (POW) for the third straight time. That streak ties Rhamat Alhassan for the most consecutive weeks as Defensive POW, and those two have been the only Gators to achieve the feat in the history of the award.

Monserez was tabbed as Setter of the Week for the third time this season, while picking up her first career Player of the Week honor. The Windermere, Fla. native led the Gators to a .470 clip between the two matches against the ranked Tigers and dished out 11.88 assists per set.

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In the first match against Missouri, Monserez recorded 56 assists and a career-high 20 digs in the five-setter, while leading Florida to a .426 clip in the match. The junior also recorded three blocks and two kills in the victory and registered her seventh double-double of the season.

In Saturday’s match, Monserez notched 39 assists to go along with nine digs and three kills in the sweep.

Dooley earned her third consecutive Defensive Player of the Week honors after averaging 1.50 blocks per set.

The current SEC blocks-per-set leader notched a total of six blocks – one solo, five assists – against the Tigers on Friday night, while also recording three kills.

The Plano, Texas native also notched six blocks in the three-set victory on Saturday, paired with five kills on a .571 clip.

The Gators are back in action this weekend as the team welcomes No. 3 Kentucky for a two-match series beginning on March 19.

Player of the Week: Marlie Monserez, Florida
Offensive Player of the Week: Taylor Bannister, LSU
Defensive Player of the Week: Lauren Dooley, Florida
Setter of the Week: Marlie Monserez, Florida
Freshman of the Week: Madi Skinner, Kentucky