COLUMBIA, S.C. — The No. 1 Florida volleyball team turned in its most balanced performance of the season, led by a team-high nine kills from senior outside hitter Callie Rivers, to cap a perfect SEC season with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-12) win against South Carolina on Friday.
The Gators (27-1, 20-0 SEC) became the first team in league history to record a perfect 20-0 record in SEC play, as the 20-match double round-robin format was instituted before the 2006 season. It marks the 12th perfect conference season in program history and the team's first since 2003.
"This was a perfect ending to a perfect SEC season," Florida coach Mary Wise said. "To go through a double round-robin schedule undefeated is special, but to end the regular season with one of our most complete performances of the season is also a great way to enter the NCAA Tournament."
Florida had 15 total team blocks in the match, marking its second-most of the season next to its 17 blocks at Auburn on Nov. 7. It marked the Gators' most blocks in a three-set match since recording 16.5 vs. St. John's on Nov. 25, 2006. Florida out-blocked South Carolina 15-3.
The Gators had a .416 hitting percentage, marking the team's highest efficiency since hitting .418 at Georgia on Nov. 5.
The NCAA Division I women's volleyball selection show is 3 p.m. Sunday and will be aired live on ESPNews. As a result of winning the 2010 SEC regular-season title, the Gators earn the SEC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, marking the team's 20th consecutive appearance and 21st appearance overall.
FSU soccer eliminated
In women's soccer, Florida State lost 5-0 to host Stanford in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. Five players scored for the Cardinal, which outshot the Seminoles 22-6 and next meets the winner of today's Washington-Boston College match. FSU ends its season 16-6-1.