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Tuesday September 4, 2012Živa Recek Named SEC Freshman of the Week

Gainesville, Fla.

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Freshman outside hitter Živa Recek (Kočevje, Slovenia) has been named the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman of the Week for her play against then-No. 2 Texas and then-No. 9 Stanford in the Nike Big Four Classic last weekend. This is Florida’s first SEC weekly honor of the 2012 season.


Recek was named to the Nike Big Four Classic All-Tournament team for her performances against the Longhorns and the Cardinal. In Florida’s match against Texas, Recek hit .475 and posted 22 kills, the highest kill output for a freshman in a 3-set match in Florida history. The performance ties her for third all-time in UF history in a 3-set match.


Against the Cardinal, the Slovenia native tallied 15 kills to lead the Orange and Blue, averaging 5.64 points and 5.29 kills per set on the weekend. Recek was the only freshman named to the Nike Big Four All-Tournament Team.


Florida returns to action on Friday when the No. 15 Gators host their final pre-conference tournament of the season in the Active Ankle Challenge. The Gators welcome Georgia Tech, Jacksonville and Louisiana to the O'Dome September 7-8. Florida is in the middle of a six-match stretch in eight days, having played two matches this past weekend before facing the Slovenian Junior National Team in an exhibition match on Monday.


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SEC Offensive Player of the Week: Lisa Henning, Missouri, OH

SEC Defensive Player of the Week: Emily Helm, Arkansas, DS/L

SEC Freshman of the Week: Živa Recek, Florida, OH


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