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Friday November 11, 2011No. 19 Gator Volleyball Earns Season Sweep of LSU Behind Mann's Record-Breaking .900 Performance

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Sophomore middle blocker Chloe Mann (Gainesville, Fla.) had the performance of a lifetime, hitting .900 with 18 kills on 20 errorless swings to record the second-highest hitting percentage in NCAA history when the attacker has 20 or more swings. Mann’s offensive showcase led the No. 19 Gators to a 3-1 victory over the LSU Tigers (23-25, 25-14, 25-21, 25-12) on Friday evening at the Maravich Center.

 

Mann also contributed five blocks on the evening for a career-high 20.5 points to lead all players. The Gainesville native's hitting performance was the best since All-American Benavia Jenkins (.923, 12-0-13, vs. UCF on 12/6/02). Her 20.5 points rank most all-time at Florida for a middle blocker in a single game and her 18 kills are the most-ever for a middle blocker at Florida.

 

"From set one to set four, she (Chloe) was the difference," Florida head coach Mary Wise said. "Chloe Mann was the best player on the court today."

 

Senior outside hitter Stephanie Ferrell (Los Angeles, Calif.) had 10 kills against LSU, while junior right-side hitter Tangerine Wiggs (Seattle, Wash.) posted nine kills and a match-high six blocks against the Tigers. Wiggs registered 12.0 points on the evening while Ferrell posted 11.5.

 

Defensively, Florida was paced by redshirt freshman libero Taylor Unroe (Muncie, Ind.) with a match-high 22 digs, tying her career high, and senior outside hitter Kristy Jaeckel (Littleton, Colo.) was close behind with a career-high 20 digs and added three service aces.

 

LSU opened the first set on a 3-0 run and held the lead until a Murphy kill evened the set at 10-10. The teams continued to battle, registering seven ties and four lead changes until a Helen Boyle kill gave the Tigers the lead for good in the opening stanza, taking the first set, 25-23. Jaeckel had four kills in the first set to lead the Gators and Unroe had already registered six digs to open the match. At 16-14 in the first set, Jaeckel stuffed her 50th career solo block, making her the 14th Gator in UF history to register at least 50 solo blocks.

 

The second set was all Gators as Florida was able to battle with LSU until 10-10, when a Wiggs kill sparked an 8-0 Florida run behind the serve of junior middle blocker Betsy Smith (Atlanta, Ga.). The Gators continued to roll, closing out the set behind Jaeckel’s serve, 25-14.

 

The third set featured seven ties, as the teams continued to battle neck-and-neck out of intermission. A Mann kill set Florida apart in the third set, as three straight Jaeckel serves forced an LSU timeout, 12-9. The Gators kept their lead through the third set, despite a Tiger run to pull within one, 20-19. A Florida timeout shifted the momentum back towards the Gators, as the Orange and Blue used four unforced LSU errors to take the third set, 25-21.

 

The fourth set was reminiscent of the second stanza, as Florida jumped out to a five-point lead at 7-2, going on a 5-0 run behind the serve of Unroe. Freshman defensive specialist Holly Pole (Ocala, Fla.) served four straight to put Florida ahead, 12-4. The Gators then turned to Jaeckel once again, as her serve put Florida ahead, 21-8, catching LSU off-guard and allowing Mann to register three kills and a block in the run. Unroe’s serve put the Gators in position to close out the set, and a Ferrell kill in the back corner of the LSU back court gave Florida the match, 25-12.

 

The Gators held the Tigers to an average of 16 points in the final three sets. Florida has held LSU to an average of 10 points in the final sets of their last two matches. The Gators hit .303 on the evening, marking the 15th match of the season that Florida has hit above .300. UF is the most efficient hitting team in the nation and the Orange and Blue are undefeated (15-0) when hitting above a .300 clip.

 

Florida now heads to Arkansas to take on the Razorbacks on Sunday, November 13th at 2 p.m. ET. The match between the Gators and the Razorbacks airs live on CSS/CST with Bernie Guenther and former Gator All-SEC setter Missy Whittemore on the call. Gator fans can tune into Sportsradio 850 to hear Cory Stephens call the match.

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