Monday October 8, 2012Florida's Živa Recek Named SEC Offensive Player of the Week
Freshman outside hitter Živa Recek (Kočevje, Slovenia) has been named the Southeastern Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week for her play at home against Arkansas and Kentucky last weekend.
Recek is the first Florida freshman since UF’s first four-time All-American and 2008 AVCA National Freshman of the Year Kelly Murphy to be named SEC Offensive Player of the Week as a freshman.
This is Florida’s third SEC weekly honor of the 2012 season, as Recek was named the SEC Freshman of the Week earlier in the season and sophomore libero Taylor Unroe (Muncie, Ind.) was honored as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week the last time the Gators faced the Razorbacks and the Wildcats.
Recek led No. 11 Florida to a 2-0 week with wins over Arkansas and Kentucky. The Gators improved to 7-0 in conference play and won their 10th consecutive match overall. The freshman outside hitter hit .345 with 13 kills, six digs and four blocks in Florida’s 3-0 sweep of Arkansas on Friday evening. Her four blocks contributed to the Gators’ 16.5 team blocks, the most in a three-set match since Nov. 25, 2006.
On Sunday, the Slovenia native tallied a match-high 19 kills in Florida’s comeback win over Kentucky, including eight errorless kills (.533) in the third set when UF trailed the match 0-2. Recek added eight digs and a pair of aces in the win over UK
The Orange and Blue finish their homestand as they play host to Ole Miss and Auburn next weekend at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The Gators welcome the Rebels at 7 p.m. on Friday evening in Florida’s “Salute Those Who Serve” public service officers and military appreciation match. On Sunday, Florida faces the Auburn Tigers on Sun Sports at 1:30 p.m. in the O’Dome.
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SEC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (OCT. 8, 2012)
SEC Offensive Player of the Week: Živa Recek, Florida, OH
SEC Defensive Player of the Week: Ellen Mullins, Tennessee, L
SEC Freshman of the Week: Jasmine Eaton, Georgia MB