Friday September 13, 2013No. 5 Gators Get Sweep of Georgetown to Open Active Ankle Challenge
The No. 5 University of Florida volleyball team took down the Georgetown Hoyas in straight sets (25-14, 25-14, 25-10) Friday night at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center to open the third annual Active Ankle Challenge. Friday night was Florida’s fourth sweep of the year.
Senior Chloe Mann led Florida with 11 kills and a career-high eight blocks for 16.0 points, turning in a .588 hitting percentage. The Gators recorded 13.5 team blocks, the most in a three-set match since Oct. 5, 2012 vs. Arkansas.
· Sophomore middle blocker Simone Antwi recorded seven kills and added four blocks for 9.5 points.
· Sophomore outside hitter Gabby Mallette stuffed a season-high four blocks on the night, adding four kills.
· Junior defensive specialist Holly Pole scooped 10 digs, her second double-digit dig output in the last three matches.
· Florida outscored Georgetown as a team, tallying 59.5 points to Georgetown’s 18.0.
RECORDS: Florida: 6-1, Georgetown: 4-5, Iona: 1-6, Western Michigan: 6-2
ALL IN THE FAMILY: Senior setter Taylor Brauneis tallied a match-high 30 assists, four errorless kills and a season-high four blocks. Brauneis’ little sister Caitlin tallied 13 assists and eight digs for Georgetown, narrowly missing a double-double. Friday night was the first time in Gator Volleyball history two sisters have faced one another as opponents.
ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS: Junior libero Taylor Unroe reached a milestone, scooping 13 digs on Friday evening. With her second dig of the match, Unroe reached 1,000 digs for her career. She is just the 12th Gator to reach the 1,000-dig plateau.
NOT ON OUR WATCH: Florida has forced five of its seven opponents to operating at under .200 hitting efficiency. The Gators held the Hoyas to -.090 offensive clip, the second time this season a Florida opponent hit negative.
MARY’S MINUTE: “We do have a size advantage over Georgetown and we were big and physical above the net and the blocks showed that. As the match went on, our offense found its rhythm. I’m most happy with the fact that we didn’t have Živa with 25 more swings than anyone else in the first match of a three-match weekend. Any time Simone and Chloe are getting the same number of sets, that’s good too. To get Alex Holston into the match more was great as well. Nikki O’Rourke, who is the quickest of all of our defensive players, took advantage of the playing time and did a really nice job for us in the backrow.”
UP NEXT: The second day of the Active Ankle Challenge continues Saturday with Western Michigan and Georgetown facing off at 10 a.m. ET followed by No. 5 Florida and Iona at noon. Action picks up in the evening with Georgetown and Iona at 5:30 p.m. ET and the Gators and the Broncos at 7:30 p.m. in the finale of the third annual Active Ankle Challenge.
GAEL TO WATCH: Junior outside hitter Taylor Cembalisty is tied for first on the team with 42 kills and is hitting .197, leading the Gaels with 52.5 total points. Cembalisty was named to All-Tournament Team for the 2013 Pepperdine Asics Classic, the team’s first tournament of the year. The junior posted her first double-double of the year with 10 kills and 12 digs in a loss to Cornell at the Big Red Invitational
BRONCO TO WATCH: Sophomore middle blocker Stephenee Yancy earned Mid-American Conference (MAC) Offensive Player of the Week and was named to the All-Tournament Team for play during the Holiday Inn West Bronco Classic. Yancy led all players with 59 total kills, 4.54 kills per set and a .465 hitting percentage. Yancy was also named Louisiana Tech Invitational’s Most Valuable Player and currently leads the team in kills (112) and points (123.0).
ALL-TIME: Florida is facing Iona for the first time in program history. The Gators own a 1-0 record over Western Michigan since the renewal of the program in 1984, sweeping the Broncos in 1999 in the O’Connell Center.
MARY BY THE NUMBERS:
At Florida: 692-81
ON THE HORIZON: Shortly after the Active Ankle Challenge, Florida faces in-state foe Florida State on Tuesday, September 17. The Gators’ greatest non-conference rivalry enters its 28th year and will be the 53rd meeting between the Gators and the Seminoles. Under Gator head coach Mary Wise, Florida has gone a remarkable 28-3 against FSU, including an undefeated 16-0 at home.
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NEUTRAL MATCH: The Western Michigan Broncos defeated the Iona Gaels, 3-0 (25-16, 25-11, 25-14), to open the Active Ankle Challenge. The Broncos were led by Stephenee Yancy and Rachel Sheffer, who notched 12 and 11 kills, respectively.
Saturday, September 14
10:00 A.M. Georgetown vs. Western Michigan Live Stats
5:30 P.M. Iona vs. Georgetown Live Stats