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Wednesday September 11, 2013 A few miles from UF on Thursday, it's 'Chloe Mann Night'

Updated: 10:36pm, September 11

Chloe Mann

Gators senior Chloe Mann is returning to Eastside High on Thursday for her own night.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- She wanted the familiar No. 10 she wears for the Gators.

Instead, Florida senior Chloe Mann wore No. 8 as a volleyball standout at Gainesville's Eastside High. One of her best friends on the team had No. 10.

No. 8 treated Mann well.

So well that on Thursday night prior to Eastside's match against crosstown rival Buchholz, Mann's No. 8 Rams jersey will be retired.

"I was definitely not expecting it at all,'' Mann said Wednesday night. "I'm very honored."

Several weeks ago at church Eastside principal Jeff Charbonnet approached Mann to tell her about a "Chloe Mann Night."

At first she didn't know what to think other than she sure seemed young to have her jersey retired.

"It's not just for my volleyball accomplishments,'' she said. "I think he is also trying to push the fact of me succeeding in sports but also in school."

Mann's work in the classroom has been as impressive as her play on the court. The 2012 SEC Player of the Year was named The Gainesville Sun's 2009 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

She opted to stay home and sign with Gators. In her final season she is considered one of the nation's top players and has already earned her undergraduate degree.

She is currently in graduate school and focused on leading the Gators to another trip to the NCAA Tournament.

But on Thursday night, she'll be back at Eastside.

It's her night.

"My whole family is coming and a couple of my really close friends,'' she said. "So it will be really nice."

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