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Sunday November 6, 2011Hometown Hero Mann Leads No. 17 Gator Volleyball to 3-0 Sweep of Ole Miss

Gainesville, Fla.

Sophomore middle blocker Chloe Mann (Gainesville, Fla.) had one of her best performances in a Gator uniform on Sunday, leading the No. 17 Gator volleyball team to a season sweep of Ole Miss, defeating the Rebels, 3-0, (25-13, 25-22, 25-10) on Sunday afternoon in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Florida moves to 19-5 on the season and 12-3 in SEC play. Ole Miss snapped their four-match winning streak to fall to 9-15 on the year and 5-11 in conference action.

 

The Gators held the Rebels to just .057 hitting efficiency on the afternoon, including forcing Ole Miss to hit negative in two of the three sets. The Rebels’ most efficient hitter was their setter, Amanda Philpot, who led Ole Miss with five kills on .333 hitting.

 

“Their big time point-scorers never got on track,” Florida head coach Mary Wise said. “To hold Ole Miss, who has been red-hot, to just .057 says a lot about our defense. And as good as our defense was, it says a lot about our sideout offense as well.

 

Florida’s dominance at the net was due in large part to Mann, who had six blocks on the afternoon to go along with a match-high eight kills on .667 hitting. The Gainesville native posted 11.5 points in total on Sunday afternoon, tying for the match high. Senior outside hitter Kristy Jaeckel (Littleton, Colo.) also had 11.5 points on Sunday, registering eight kills, nine digs and three service aces against Ole Miss. Junior middle blocker Betsy Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) was solid against the Rebels with seven kills and two blocks, while redshirt freshman libero Taylor Unroe (Muncie, Ind.) led the Gators’ backcourt effort with 12 digs.

 

Sophomore setter Chanel Brown (Tempe, Ariz.) posted a match-high 17 assists, a rare feat considering the Gators run a 6-2 offense as opposed to the 5-1 setting scheme Ole Miss utilizes, meaning Brown only sets in three rotations while the Rebels’ setter Philpot sets in all six rotations. Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award finalist Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) recorded a complete outing with five kills, 14 assists, five digs, two blocks and two aces against Ole Miss. Freshman defensive specialist Holly Pole (Ocala, Fla.), in her first career start, registered a career-high seven digs on the afternoon, more than doubling her previous mark of three.

 

Florida took an early 4-0 lead over Ole Miss to start the first frame. Jaeckel found a hole in the back corner of the Rebels’ defense and took advantage, extending the Orange and Blue lead to 6-2. Mann’s three straight kills and Jaeckel’s service ace forced an Ole Miss timeout at 13-3. Ole Miss had four straight service errors that extended Florida’s lead to 20-8. Ole Miss tried to fight back and registered back-to-back blocks to decrease the Gator lead to 20-10. Brown set Ferrell up for a blast that put Florida one point from the set win, and a Rebels attacking error gave the Gators the 25-13 first set victory.

 

Ole Miss seemed to have figured out the Florida offense as they kept the set close, tying for the first 11 points. Errors on both sides kept the teams dueling before Jaeckel ripped the seam of a block to give Florida a 12-11 lead, and a Mann-Murphy block gave the Orange and Blue their first two-point lead of the set, 13-11. The Gators kept the lead until a Florida attacking error tied the set at 16-16. The two teams continued to battle, forcing Florida to call their first timeout of the match with the score tied, 21-21. The Orange and Blue went on a 3-0 run to take their first three-point lead of the set, 24-21. Wiggs smashed a Murphy set win the set, 25-22, and give the Gators a 2-0 advantage going into intermission.

 

The Gators took an initial 2-0 lead out of the break, but the Rebels were not far behind, tying the set at 6-6. Florida never trailed in the third set, as a Ferrell blast sparked a 4-0 run and a Murphy ace forced an Ole Miss timeout at 10-6. Smith smashed back-to-back kills through the Rebels’ block to extend the Florida lead to 12-7. A Murphy kill out of the middle put Jaeckel behind the service line at 15-10, where she would finish the match. Jaeckel served nine straight points, including two service aces, to end the match. Freshman outside hitter Noami Santos-Lamb (Carolina, Puerto Rico) got in on the action, taking the last two swings for the Gators and registering the final kill to give Florida the set and the match, 25-10.

 

Florida now prepares for its final SEC road trip of the season, facing LSU on Friday, November 11th at 8 p.m. ET. Gator fans can listen to Friday’s match on Sportsradio 850 with Cory Stephens on the call. The Gators then travel to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks on Sunday, November 13th at 2 p.m. ET. The match between Florida and Arkansas will air live on CST with Bernie Guenther and former Gator All-SEC setter Missy Whittemore calling the action, while Stephens will be live once again on Sportsradio 850.

 

“This is one of the most challenging road trips in the league, partly because of the travel between these two schools and where they’re located,” Wise said. “Arkansas is really playing well right now and LSU, in the last four years especially, has played very well against the Gators at home. We will have our hands full this weekend.”

 

Match Stat Leaders

-          Kills: Kristy Jaeckel/Chloe Mann (8)

-          Attacks: Kristy Jaeckel (19)

-          Hitting Percentage: Chloe Mann (.667)

-          Assists: Chanel Brown (17)

-          Digs: Taylor Unroe (12)

-          Block Solo: Chloe Mann (1)

-          Block Assists: Chloe Mann (5)

-          Total Blocks: Chloe Mann (6)

 

Mann Oh Mann

-          Since earning a starting role for the Gators at Kentucky, Chloe Mann has had 24 kills and just one error in 46 attempts, hitting .500 in the three-match stretch.

-          Mann has committed just two errors on the season, unofficially leading the Gators with a .500 attack efficiency (46-2-88).

-          Additionally, Mann has 17 blocks in the past three matches, averaging 1.31 per set

-          For the season, Mann has 29 blocks in 34 sets, ranking second on the team with an average of .85 blocks per set.

 

Staying on Top

-          The Gators did not trail by more than one point in the entire match.

-          UF opened the first set with a 4-0 lead and never lost it.

-          The Orange and Blue never fell behind in the third set, tying twice at 2-2 and 6-6, then leading for the rest of the set.

 

Individual Bests

-          Holly Pole more than doubled her previous personal high, registering seven digs in her first career start.

-          Betsy Smith served up her first ace of the season in today’s match, the second of her career.

 

Gators in the Record Books

-          Kristy Jaeckel’s eight kills this afternoon mover her past Aurymar Rodriguez ’97 and into the top 10 all-time at UF with 1,210 career kills.

-          Additionally, her three service aces jump her up four spots to 16th all-time with 104 career aces, while Kelly Murphy broke into the top 10, tying Lenee Hill ’89 with 122.

 

Milestones Met

-          Kelly Murphy took her 2,500th swing in today’s match, making her just the 15th Gator in history to pass the mark, sitting at 2,508 total career attacks.

 

Record Updates

-          The Gators are now 807-174 (.823) all-time

-          Mary Wise is 732-137 (.842) in her career and 651-74 (.898) at Florida

-          The Orange and Blue are 344-37 (.903) in SEC play, including 318-15 (.955) under Coach Wise

-          The Gators are now 39-3 all-time against the Crimson Tide and 33-0 under Coach Wise

-          UF is 395-56 (.876) at home, 336-21 (.941) with Coach Wise on the sideline

-          Florida is 643-72 (.899) while ranked and 701-90 (.886) vs. unranked opponents

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