Saturday September 3, 2011No. 9 Gator Volleyball Continues Win Streak with Campus USA Credit Union Invitational Title
Without dropping a set and forcing their three opponents into a -.018 hitting percentage on the weekend, the No. 9 Florida volleyball team (6-0) was named the 2011 Campus USA Credit Union Invitational champions.
The story of the match was sophomore middle blocker Chloe Mann (Gainesville, Fla.) who, in her first career start, tripled her career high in kills with nine, had a career-high five blocks and tied tournament MVP Kristy Jaeckel (Littleton, Colo.) for a match-high of 12 points, also a career high for Mann. The hometown hitter was errorless on the afternoon, hitting at a .818 clip and never committed an error all weekend, hitting .682.
“Chloe played the match of her life today,” Florida head coach Mary Wise said. “She really brought her A-game and took full advantage of her starting opportunity. She is the best jumper on the team. She looks like an experienced player out there and she never looks lost. Our ability to hold Clemson to .024 had a lot to do with the play of Chloe in terms of stabilizing the front-row blocking.”
Sophomore setter Chanel Brown (Tempe, Ariz.), Jaeckel, senior right-side/setter Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) and redshirt freshman libero Taylor Unroe (Muncie, Ind.) were named to the All-Tournament Team. Jaeckel contributed a match-high 11 kills and seven digs, as well as a service ace and five blocks.
Florida had 10 total blocks in the match, its highest output of the season and the most in a three-set match since Nov. 5, 2010 at Georgia. Senior middle hitter Cassandra Anderson (Bakersfield, Calif.), Mann and junior right-side Tangerine Wiggs (Seattle, Wash.) each had five total blocks. Murphy wasn’t far behind with four blocks of her own. Jaeckel, senior outside hitter Stephanie Ferrell (Los Angeles, Calif.) and redshirt freshman libero Taylor Unroe (Muncie, Ind.) added seven digs apiece.
The Gators and Tigers dueled for the first points in the opening frame. After Clemson tied the score at 3-3, Mann fired a blast in the middle of the Tigers’ offense to take the lead, 4-3. The Orange and Blue didn’t allow Clemson back into the game. Unroe had a service ace to extend the lead to 10-5 and cause a Tigers timeout. Jaeckel had a slam down the line, coupled with an ace from Brown, and Florida extended its lead to 19-11. The final point of the set was a tremendous stuff block by Murphy and Anderson to give the Gators the set, 25-14.
Clemson brought out their claws early in the second stanza to give the Tigers an early 5-3 lead. The Gators finally tied the set at 7-7 with a Wiggs-Anderson block, and Murphy’s ace gave the Orange and Blue their first lead of the second set, 8-7. The Gators shut the door on the Tigers with a 5-0 run to secure their lead at 11-7. Jaeckel found the seam in the Clemson block, continuing Florida’s run and putting Anderson behind the service line. Another 5-0 run extended the Gators’ lead to 19-10. Brown dished a perfect quick set for Anderson to deliver the final shot, giving the Gators a 25-16 win heading into the break.
The Tigers came out of intermission ready to battle by taking another early lead over the Gators, 7-4. Jaeckel served a 5-0 run, giving the Gators a two-point advantage with a 9-7 lead. Clemson fought and tied the Gators three separate times, but were unable to take the lead back from UF. A Mann stuff block continued the Gator momentum and expanded the gap to a 16-12 lead. The teams traded points before Murphy slammed an overpass from the Tigers to extend the lead to 20-15. The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award candidate served up an ace on the back line to close the door on the Tigers, 25-18.
The Gators don’t have much time to rest, continuing their homestand with their final match at home until September 23rd, facing No. 19 Iowa State at 2 p.m. on Monday, September 5th. The game will be broadcast on time delay via Sun Sports with longtime play-by-play announcer Tom Collett and former Gator All-SEC setter Missy Whittemore adding color commentary. The broadcast will also be available on Sportsradio 850 with Cory Stephens on the call.
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MVP: Kristy Jaeckel, Florida
Georgia Robinson, FAU
Taylor Nyquist, Jacksonville
Moneshia Simmons, Clemson
Chanel Brown, Florida
Kelly Murphy, Florida
Taylor Unroe, Florida
- Florida’s all-time record is now 794-169
- Mary Wise is now 638-69 at Florida and 719-132 overall in her career
- The Gators are now 389-54 at home
- The Orange and Blue are now 462-135 against non-conference opponents
- UF is 689-89 against unranked opponents
- Florida is now 3-0 against Clemson, winning all nine sets played
- The Gators had faced Clemson twice before, in 1992 and 2004, winning 3-0 in both meetings
- Tonight’s match marked Coach Wise’s 50th victory against the Tigers, as the Gators are now 50-3 all-time under Coach Wise and 67-21 overall
- Road wins over San Francisco, Utah and UC-Santa Barbara at UCSB
- Florida’s longest season-opening match winning streak was 28 matches in 1995
- Kills: Kristy Jaeckel (11)
- Hitting Percentage, min. 7 attacks: Chloe Mann (.818)
- Assists: Kelly Murphy (18)
- Service Aces: Kelly Murphy (2)
- Digs: Three Gators (7)
- Block Solo: Chloe Mann (1)
- Block Assists: Tangerine Wiggs/Cassandra Anderson (5)
- Total Blocks: Three Gators (5)
- Chloe Mann, making her first career start for the Gators, hit a match-leading .818, tripling her career high with nine kills in 11 attempts
- Additionally, Mann tied the team lead with five blocks, including one solo
- Mann did not have an error all weekend, going 15-for-22 with a .682 hitting efficiency
- Kristy Jaeckel’s match-leading 11 kills today increases her career total to 973 and jumps her past Jacque Robinson ’03 and into a tie with Heather Wright ’00 for 17th all-time
- Cassandra Andreson stuffed five blocks this afternoon, moving her past Sherri Williams ’04 into 11th all-time with 358.
- Kelly Murphy’s six kills today makes her career total 1,052, pushing her past Gudula Staub (1991-92) and into 14th place
- Tangerine Wiggs smashed her 200th career kill this afternoon, recording seven in the match for a career total of 202
Worth Noting this Weekend
- Mary Wise coached her 850th career match against FAU on Friday night
- The Gators hit .351 in the tournament, while holding their opponents to a combined -.018 attack efficiency
- As a unit, Florida’s middle blockers, Cassandra Anderson, Chloe Mann and Betsy Smith hit .462 on the weekend, combining for just four errors in 52 attempts