Florida tops Ohio State to advance to Elite 8 in NCAA Tournament

Gators face number one seed Badgers in Regional Final
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Published: Apr. 19, 2021 at 12:35 AM EDT
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OMAHA, NE. (WCJB) - Coming in to Florida’s Sweet 16 match with Ohio State, the Gators were 2-0 all-time against the Buckeyes in the NCAA Tournament. After Sunday, history added another notch to the win column.

The No. 8 seed Gators squared off against the No. 9 seed Buckeyes with a trip to the Elite 8 on the line.

Florida gained the upper hand early after they took the opening set 25-20, with not much difficulty.

The second set required a bit of heroics to cap off an incredible comeback. After trailing 24-20, the orange and blue fought all the way back to tie the score 24-24, and would go on to win the final two points to take a 2 set advantage.

But the Buckeyes didn’t fall back. They pressed hard in the third set and eventually closed out the frame 25-23. Denying the Gators a second consecutive come from behind win.

The fourth set would be the last of the match. Florida raced out to an 8-2 lead, then poured it on down the stretch with Thayer Hall scoring the final point as her kill deflected off a Buckeye out of bounds.

T’ara Ceasar led the team with 17 kills, but it was the 17 blocks on the night that raised eyebrows.

The 17 blocks were the second-highest total in an NCAA Tournament game. It’s also tied for the highest total in an NCAA Tournament game that went four sets or less.

Florida will face its toughest test of the tournament on Monday, when the team goes toe-to-toe with top-seeded Wisconsin.

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