Monday November 5, 2012Head Coach Mary Wise Recaps Recek's Weekend, Previews Mizzou and Ole Miss
Florida head coach Mary Wise talked with the media as part of UF’s All Sports Press Conference on Monday.
The No. 13 Gators have a three-match lead in the SEC standings entering this week’s action, as Florida hits the road next weekend to play Missouri and Ole Miss for a second time in 2012. The Gators travel to Mizzou for the first time in program history, facing off against the Tigers at the Hearnes Center on Friday evening at 8 p.m. ET. The Orange and Blue take on the Rebels in Oxford at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon. The Gators swept both the Tigers and the Rebels earlier in the season.
Last week, the Gators swept the Georgia Bulldogs, 3-0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-14), behind 14.5 points from junior middle blocker Chloe Mann (Gainesville, Fla.) and a double-double from freshman outside hitter Živa Recek (Kočevje, Slovenia), who tallied 12 kills and a match-high 11 digs. On Sunday, the Gators dropped a five-set heartbreaker to the 2011 SEC Champion Tennessee Lady Volunteers. Florida was once again led by Recek, who tallied her sixth career double-double with career highs in both kills (26) and digs (20), the first Gator to register 20+ kills and digs since Kisya Killingsworth recorded 23 kills and 20 digs on Sept. 17, 2006 at South Carolina. Recek added three blocks for 27.5 points on the afternoon.
Junior middle blocker Chloe Mann (Gainesville, Fla.) registered 19 kills on a .567 hitting percentage to go along with a team-high five blocks against the Lady Vols, while seniors Betsy Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) and Tangerine Wiggs (Seattle, Wash.) tallied 14 kills apiece, combining for seven blocks on the afternoon. Junior Taylor Brauneis (Crystal Lake, Ill.) had a career day, dishing out an all-time career-high 67 assists, turning in her second double-double of her Gator career with 12 digs. Sophomore defensive specialist Madison Monserez (Orlando, Fla.) shined for the Gators on Sunday, setting a new career high with 23 digs, the first time this season and third time in her career to lead Florida in that category.
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