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Monday October 29, 2012Florida's Živa Recek Named SEC Co-Freshman of the Week

Gainesville, Fla.

Freshman outside hitter Živa Recek (Kočevje, Slovenia) has been named the Southeastern Conference’s Co-Freshman of the Week for her play against then-No. 12 Florida State and Mississippi State last week.

 

Recek is the first Gator to receive three weekly nods in the same year since UF’s first four-time All-American Kelly Murphy, who was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week seven times and SEC Freshman of the Week three times in her time wearing the Orange and Blue. This is the second SEC Freshman of the Week nod for Recek this season, as she was also recognized for her performances against then-No. 2 Texas and then-No. 9 Stanford. Recek was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week just a few short weeks ago following her matches at home against Arkansas and Kentucky.

 

The mention is Florida’s fifth SEC weekly honor of the 2012 season, as junior middle blocker Chloe Mann (Gainesville, Fla.) was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week last week and sophomore libero Taylor Unroe (Muncie, Ind.) was honored as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week after the Gators’ SEC opening weekend at Arkansas and Kentucky.

 

Recek led Florida in their three-setter at then-No. 12 FSU, registering her fourth double-double of 2012 with 16 kills and a career-high-tying 15 digs against the Seminoles. On Friday, Recek notched seven kills and two solo blocks in Florida’s 3-0 sweep of Mississippi State. On the weekend, the Gator rookie averaged 3.83 kills per set and 2.50 digs per set.

 

Florida plays host to Georgia and Tennessee this weekend at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. First serve is set for 7 p.m. ET between the Gators and the Bulldogs, as Florida renews its oldest rivalry in program history. The match will air live on Sun Sports (N. Florida) and FS Florida (S. Florida). In the weekend finale, Florida welcomes 2011 SEC Champion Tennessee into the O’Dome on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. The match will air live on CSS.

 

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SEC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (OCT. 29, 2012)

SEC Offensive Player of the Week: Christine Hartmann, Kentucky, S

SEC Defensive Player of the Week: DeeDee Harrison, Tennessee, MB

SEC Co-Freshman of the Week: Jasmine Eaton, Georgia, MB and Živa Recek, Florida, OH

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