Thursday October 11, 2012No. 11 Gators Host Rebels and Tigers to Close Four-Match SEC Homestand
The No. 11 Florida volleyball team finishes up their four-match homestand as Ole Miss and Auburn descend on the Stephen C. O’Connell Center this weekend. The Gators take on the Rebels at 7 p.m. ET as a part of Florida’s Salute Those Who Serve match. On Sunday, the Tigers face the Gators at 1:30 p.m. on Sun Sports. Both matches can be heard live on Country 103.7 The Gator with live stats on GatorZone.com.
The Gators are looking to stay unbeaten in conference play, as they are currently 7-0 in the SEC and haven’t dropped a match since their four-set defeat at the hands of then-No. 7 Stanford at the Nike Big Four Classic.
The Orange and Blue are coming off a 2-0 weekend, having swept Arkansas last Friday night before winning a 3-2 comeback thriller over SEC East rival Kentucky on Sunday afternoon. Freshman Živa Recek (Kočevje, Slovenia) was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for her performances against the Razorbacks and the ‘Cats.
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.
Florida leads the SEC in hitting percentage (.311) and service aces (1.49/set), while the Gators have four hitters in the SEC’s top 10 in hitting percentage. Senior Tangerine Wiggs (Seattle, Wash.) leads the conference with her .427 hitting efficiency, good for eighth in the NCAA. Junior Chloe Mann (Gainesville, Fla.) is fourth in the league with .379, senior Betsy Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) is seventh with .335 and Recek is 10th with a .323 offensive clip.
Junior setter Taylor Brauneis (Crystal Lake, Ill.) is tops in the conference in assists at 11.40/set, good for 20th in the NCAA, sophomore libero Taylor Unroe (Muncie, Ind.) is fourth in digs (4.43/set) and Mann leads the Gators in blocks with 1.06/set, good for seventh in the league.
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