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Monday September 17, 2012Florida's Taylor Unroe Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week

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Sophomore libero Taylor Unroe (Muncie, Ind.) has been named the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week for her play on the road against Arkansas and No. 24 Kentucky last weekend.


This is Florida’s second SEC weekly honor of the 2012 season, as freshman Živa Recek (Kočevje, Slovenia) was named the SEC Freshman of the Week earlier in the season.


Unroe had arguably her best weekend in the Orange and Blue, as she averaged 5.12 digs/set to open the SEC slate. The sophomore, who was named SEC Freshman of the Week once last season before she was honored on the SEC All-Freshman Team, scooped a career-high 24 digs in Florida’s five-set thriller over Arkansas while also registering a career-high five assists.


Against No. 24 Kentucky, Unroe posted 17 digs in the Gators’ three-set sweep of the Wildcats, notching 41 digs on the weekend and continuing her impressive serve-receive streak, as she has passed a perfect percentage in nine of 10 matches in 2012. This is Florida’s first defensive honor since former Gator All-SEC middle blocker Cassandra Anderson earned the nod on Nov. 1, 2010.


The Gators return to the friendly confines of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center as the Orange and Blue host the Missouri Tigers in their first Southeastern Conference meeting. The Gators and the Tigers met in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season at Northern Iowa, with Florida taking a 3-1 victory en route to their first Elite Eight appearance since 2005.


First serve is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, September 21 and the match-up between the Gators and the Tigers is the lone match for Florida volleyball next weekend. Next weekend will also be a homecoming of sorts, as the 1992 Final Four team will be honored at both the volleyball match on Friday evening and the football game on Saturday afternoon.


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SEC Offensive Player of the Week: Juliette Thévenin, South Carolina, OH

SEC Defensive Player of the Week: Taylor Unroe, Florida, L

SEC Freshman of the Week: Sierra Wilson, Alabama, S


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