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Thursday October 11, 2012No. 11 Gators Host Rebels and Tigers to Close Four-Match SEC Homestand

Gainesville, Fla.

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.

 

For all of the latest information on Florida volleyball, please log on to www.gatorzone.com/volleyball or, for up-to-the-minute updates, follow Florida volleyball on Twitter at @GatorZoneVB or www.twitter.com/GatorZoneVB and Coach Mary Wise on Twitter at @GatorMary or www.twitter.com/GatorMary. You can also find the Gators on Facebook.

 

Friday, October 12, 7:00 PM - Volleyball - Ole Miss

  • Presenting sponsor: Florida Dairy Farmers
  • Saluting Those Who Serve T-Shirt Giveaway
    The first 500 fans to the match will receive a Saluting Those Who Serve t-shirt!
  • Saluting Those Who Serve
    Join the Gators as they Salute Those Who Serve, Military members and public service officers with a valid ID will receive $2 admission.
  • ROTC Volleyball Game
    Between sets 2 & 3, members of the University of Florida ROTC will compete against each other in a 6 on 6 volleyball match.
  • Student Veterans Recognition
    The Gators will honor and recognize many student veterans. The student veterans will be invited down on the court to form a pre-game tunnel.

 

Sunday, October 14, 1:30 PM - Volleyball - Auburn

  • Presenting sponsor: Gainesville Health and Fitness
  • Trading Cards Set 1
    The first 250 fans receive the first set of Florida Volleyball trading cards!
  • Club Volleyball Day 2
    Parents bring the kids for a day of volleyball, autographs and a chance to meet the team!
  • Kids Korner
    Kids 12 & under, join Alberta between gates 3 & 4 at 2 PM for poster making, pictures, games & fun!
  • Kids Sunday Funday
    Kids, 12 and under, can form the pre-match tunnel on the court, participate in the post-match spikeline and post-match autograph session!
  • City of Ocala Day
    Buy one get one free admission for all city of Ocala residents!

 

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