Sunday October 13, 2013No. 2 Gators Stay Perfect in SEC with 3-0 Sweep of Georgia
The No. 2 University of Florida volleyball team used a well-balanced offensive attack to defeat the Georgia Bulldogs 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-18) for the sixth straight sweep in the series.
Senior middle blocker Chloe Mann notched a match-high 12.5 points, tallying 11 kills and two blocks. Reigning SEC Freshman of the Week Alex Holston also tallied 11 kills against the Bulldogs, hitting .714 on the afternoon.
· Holston recorded a team-high .714 hitting efficiency, the third straight match in which the freshman hit .667 or higher.
· The Gators had three players with double-digit kill outputs, the fifth time this season that three or more players have done so. In addition to Holston and Mann’s 11 kills, sophomore Simone Antwi slammed down 10 kills.
· Senior setter Taylor Brauneis recorded her seventh double-double of her career and fourth of the season. Brauneis set Florida to a .366 hitting percentage, the 15th time the Gators have hit above .300 in 2013.
· Junior libero Taylor Unroe had an impressive match in backrow, scooping a match-high 14 digs against the Bulldogs. Unroe also dished out three assists and served up an ace Sunday.
· Mann, Antwi and Taylor Brauneis each recorded two stuffs, all tying for a match high.
Chloe’s a “Mann”ster: Senior middle blocker Chloe Mann is hitting .477 for her career and is the Florida career record holder in the category. The reigning SEC Player of the Year is the NCAA active leader in hitting percentage and sits just above the NCAA record holder in career hitting percentage, Penn State's Arielle Wilson (.468). Mann needs 197 more attempts to be eligible for the NCAA record (approx. 16 attacks/reg. season match).
Not On Our Watch: Florida has forced 14 of its 18 opponents to operate at under .200 hitting efficiency, including three offensive outputs at .000 and below. The Gators held the Wildcats to .188 on Friday and the Bulldogs to just .032 on Sunday, including -.103 in the second set.
NCAA Numbers: Senior Chloe Mann is second in the NCAA in hitting percentage (.540), while the Gators are also second in the nation with a .351 offensive clip. Senior setter Taylor Brauneis is 11th in assists (11.86/set) and freshman right-side hitter Alex Holston broke into the top 20 with a .454 hitting percentage for 19th.
Almost Perfect: Senior Chloe Mann recorded her first attacking error in 23 days, dating back to the Marquette match on Sept. 20. Mann had made 113 consecutive attacks including 15 in today’s match before making an error. During that time, the middle blocker was hitting a .618 offensive clip.
Mary’s Minute: “What we’re evolving into is a team that’s hard to guard. Choose your poison; because of our ability to get kills out of different positions, we’re less one-dimensional. Offensively, we got really good play out of everybody but the tone of the match was set by Holly Pole’s dig in the first set. Georgia took a very good rip and Holly stepped in there and not only made a dig, but a quality dig, and we went from defense to offense. From that, the energy just kept going and we really made some nice defensive plays.”
Mary by the Numbers:
At Florida: 703-81
Records: No. 2 Florida: 17-1 (6-0 SEC), Georgia: 14-4 (4-2 SEC)
All-Time: Against Georgia, Florida is now 56-9, including 53-1 under Wise. The Gators have not lost to the Bulldogs since 2008 and haven’t dropped a set to UGA since the 2010 season, a match in which Wise earned her 700th career win.
Up Next: Florida hits the road to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks on Friday, October 18 at 8 p.m. ET at Barnhill Arena. The Gators then look to challenge undefeated Missouri in Columbia at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 20.
Preseason Buzz: Florida was picked to win the Southeastern Conference title in a preseason vote of the league’s coaches, while senior middle blocker Chloe Mann and sophomore outside hitter Živa Recek were named Preseason All-SEC. Mann was also recently named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award and is representing the Gators with a blog on ESPNW.
They’re Back: Florida returns 11 letterwinners and five starters from a year ago, including First Team All-American Mann, AVCA National Freshman of the Year Recek, AVCA Honorable Mention All-American setter Taylor Brauneis, 2011 SEC All-Freshman Team honoree Taylor Unroe and sophomore outside hitter Gabby Mallette.
Lights, Camera, Action: Florida will be on television 12 times during the course of the 2013 regular season, the most of any Southeastern Conference program. The Gators’ next televised match is Sunday, October 27 against Tennessee. The Gators and the Lady Vols face off at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sun Sports.
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