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Friday October 7, 2011Jaeckel and No. 13 Gators Sweep Arkansas for Florida's 800th Program Win

Gainesville, Fla.

AVCA National Player of the Week Kristy Jaeckel (Littleton, Colo.) registered her 10th straight double-digit kill performance with 15 kills on .433 hitting, as No. 13 Florida swept Arkansas, 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 29-27), on Friday evening. The Gators (12-3, 5-1) earned their 800th program win and continue to have the highest winning percentage in the NCAA over the last two decades. Arkansas fell to 10-7 on the season and 2-4 in conference play, having lost to every SEC East opponent the Razorbacks have faced in 2011.

 

I think Kristy is really coming through for us,” Florida head coach Mary Wise said.” She was terminating whether we were in-system or out-of-system. There were broken plays where she just went up and hit a great shot. She’s being very patient, she’s seeing the block, she’s hitting around the block and doing a great job of it.”

 

Florida hit .315 in the match and continued their streak of outhitting their opponents in 2011, as the Gators have won the hitting battle in all 15 matches this season. The Orange and Blue were relentless defensively at the net, 9.0-7.0, having outblocked all six of their SEC opponents so far.

 

Junior middle blocker Betsy Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) also had a hot hand, hitting an errorless .750 with nine kills on 12 swings. Smith has hit above .700 on four occasions this season and leads the Gators with a .493 hitting percentage against SEC opponents.

 

Junior right-side Tangerine Wiggs (Seattle, Wash.) struck a balance on both sides of the ball, notching nine kills on a .368 hitting clip while posting a match-high six blocks against the Razorbacks. Senior middle blocker Cassandra Anderson (Bakersfield, Calif.) also had a great night defensively, registering five blocks, as well as a .400 hitting percentage with four kills and no errors. Senior right-side setter Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) led Florida with 22 assists and eight digs on the evening.

 

The Razorbacks established their presence in the O’Dome early in the first frame, taking a 3-1 lead. The Orange and Blue fought back, establishing four ties, but the Razorbacks kept finding the gaps in the Gator defense. Florida took its first lead at 12-11 due to an Arkansas error, but the Razorbacks roughed their way back on top, 14-13. The momentum changed for Florida after a Ferrell blast into the center of the Arkansas defense drove Florida on a 4-0 run, taking the lead, 19-17. A Murphy service ace forced the Razorbacks into a timeout, but Arkansas battled back, tying the score at 19. An Anderson kill ignited another 4-0 run, pushing Florida ahead at 23-19. Wiggs delivered the final kill of the set, 25-21.

 

Arkansas took an initial 2-0 lead to begin the second set, but the Gators fought back to take the lead, 4-3. Brown set Smith up for the kill that would drive Florida on a 6-0 run with Unroe behind the service line, 12-5. The Razorbacks were unable to defend against the Gator offense, and a ball handling error sparked a 4-0 run that pushed the Gators further ahead, 16-8. Arkansas went on a 3-0 run, but back-to-back kills from Jaeckel shifted the momentum back towards the Gators, 19-13. The Orange and Blue shut the door on Arkansas with a Murphy bullet to left back, 25-20, giving them the 2-0 advantage going into intermission.

 

The Gators and Razorbacks came out of the break dueling point-for-point, tying every possible score until 5-5. Neither team could gain more than two points over the other until a Florida attacking error ignited an Arkansas 5-0 run, pushing them ahead of the Orange and Blue, 18-15. A Razorback setting error sparked a 4-0 run for the Gators, as Florida gained the advantage at 21-19. Arkansas wasn’t letting down, tying the set at 24. The Razorbacks had three set points but couldn’t capitalize, as Wiggs played a part in the final two points for the Gators. Smith and Wiggs teamed up for a stuff block on Roslandy Acosta to set up match point, 28-27. Wiggs then slammed a kill down the line to give the Gators their 10th sweep of the season, 29-27.

 

Florida now turns to Sunday and its third televised match of the season, facing the LSU Tigers at 1:30 p.m. on Sun Sports (DirecTV Channel 653, Cox Channels 48 and 1048). Commentating the match will be Larry Vettel and former Gator All-SEC setter Missy Whittemore. Florida fans can also tune in to Country 103.7 The Gator to listen to the radio broadcast, featuring longtime play-by-play announcer Tom Collett.

 

LSU is middle-hitter dominated, they run a very fast offense and they’re one of the best ball control teams in the league,” Wise said. “They are quick and quicker than that. We will have a great, great challenge on Sunday, matching up to their foot speed and arm speed.”

 

Match Stat Leaders

-          Kills: Kristy Jaeckel (15)

-          Attacks: Kristy Jaeckel (30)

-          Hitting Percentage: Betsy Smith (.750)

-          Assists: Kelly Murphy (22)

-          Digs: Kelly Murphy (8)

-          Block Solo: Cassandra Anderson/Stephanie Ferrell (1)

-          Block Assists: Tangerine Wiggs (6)

-          Total Blocks: Tangerine Wiggs (6)

 

Florida Earns 800th Win

-          Tonight’s win marks Florida’s 800th win in program history

-          The Gators are just the second team in the SEC to reach this milestone and the fastest team to do so

o    LSU won its 800 match in 2008, its 1,262nd match in its 32nd season

o    The Gators needed just 972 matches to reach 800 wins, making them the fastest team in Division I history to hit 800

 

Jaeckel’s Double-Digit Kill Streak Hits 10

-          Kristy Jaeckel continued her impressing kill streak, earning double-digit kills for the 10th straight match

-          She has recorded 14-or-more kills in each of the last nine matches

 

Hit Parade

-          As a team the Gators hit .315 in the match, hitting over .300 for the seventh time this season

-          Four individuals hit over .300 while none hit below .000

 

Individual Bests

-          Kelly Murphy tied her season high, recording three service aces for the fifth time this season

-          Betsy Smith tied her career high, tying for second on the team with nine kills

-          Cassandra Anderson tied her season best with five blocks, including one solo

-          Taylor Unroe tied her career best, earning five assists for the third time

 

Gators in the Record Books

-          Cassandra Anderson stuffed four block assists in the match, moving into a tie for eighth all-time with Jenni Patterson ’89 with 347 in her career

-          Additionally, Anderson moved into ninth all-time in total blocks, with 386. She passed Kisya Killingsworth ’07 and needs just two more to tie Angie McGinnis ’07 for eighth

-          Jaeckel’s team-leading 15.5 points moves her past Roni Armeda ’89 into 14th all-time at UF

 

Milestones Met

-          Kristy Jaeckel smashed her 1,100th kill in tonight’s match, and now has 1,113 in her career

-          Additionally, Jaeckel earned her 1,300th point

 

Record Updates

-          The Gators are now 800-172 (.823) all-time

-          Mary Wise is 725-135 (.843) in her career and 644-72 (.899) at Florida

-          The Orange and Blue are 337-35 (.905) in SEC play, including 313-13 (.960) under Coach Wise

-          The Gators are now 31-2 (.939) all-time against the Razorbacks, all under Coach Wise

-          UF is 391-56 (.875) at home

-          Florida is 636-70 (.901) while ranked and 694-90 (.885) vs. unranked opponents

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