It was apparent right from the start that NDP was playing with passion. The Blazers built a 12-6 lead in the first set, and used two kills by Francesca Zink and another two by Marisa DeLuca to build a 20-14 lead. The No. 10 Gators (7-5), led by Jillian Randolph's three kills, got an ace and a block by Bella Pivec to outscore NDP 11-5 and eventually tie the set, 25-25. After the teams traded points, the Blazers got a kill by Grace Stromberg and a tip by DeLuca to take the first set, 28-26.