Monday November 12, 2012Head Coach Mary Wise Previews LSU & South Carolina, Recaps Missouri & Ole Miss
Florida head coach Mary Wise talked with the media as part of UF’s All Sports Press Conference on Monday.
The No. 16 Florida volleyball team swept both of their opponents on the weekend, hitting the road to take on the Missouri Tigers (3-0: 25-17, 25-16, 25-19) and the Ole Miss Rebels (3-0: 25-22, 25-22, 25-17). In Columbia on Friday, three-time SEC Freshman of the Week Živa Recek (Kočevje, Slovenia) turned in 17 kills against the Tigers, hitting .405 on the night. In the back row, sophomore defensive specialist Holly Pole (Ocala, Fla.) registered one of the best nights of her young career with a match-high 12 digs despite only playing three rotations. Middle blockers Betsy Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) and Chloe Mann (Gainesville, Fla.) notched 10 and nine kills, respectively, while setter Taylor Brauneis (Crystal Lake, Ill.) dished out 40 assists and added five kills of her own. The Gators hit .368 in the three-set sweep, marking the ninth time this year that Florida has hit above .350.
On Sunday in Oxford, Recek put down 15 kills on the afternoon and fellow freshman Berkley Whaley was virtually unstoppable with six errorless kills on 12 swings. Seniors Tangerine Wiggs (Seattle. Wash.) and Smith tallied nine and seven kills, respectively, combining for a .577 hitting clip. Smith and Wiggs also stuffed a team-high three blocks. On the whole, Florida hit .365 for the match, courtesy of Brauneis, who dished out 40 assists on the afternoon. Sophomore libero Taylor Unroe (Muncie, Ind.) scooped a match-high 16 digs to go along with two aces, finding a way to frustrate the Rebels’ offense by touching nearly every attack. Joining her in patrolling the back row was Pole, who followed up her impressive performance at Missouri by recording nine against the Rebels.
Florida returns home for their final regular season weekend at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The Gators welcome the LSU Tigers for their first and only matchup of the season on Friday evening. First serve is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN 850/900. On Sunday, the Gators host the South Carolina Gamecocks on Florida’s Senior Day. The match, honoring Betsy Smith, Sundai Weston, and Tangerine Wiggs, will air live on Sun Sports and ESPN 850/900. First serve is set for 1:30 p.m. ET. Florida has a three-match lead in the SEC standings heading into the final weekends of SEC play, and the Gators must win two more matches to take home the Southeastern Conference title outright. Florida can also claim the title with one more victory if SEC foe Tennessee suffers a loss on Friday evening.
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