Saturday September 21, 2013Mann Becomes New Career Hitting Percentage Leader as No. 4 Gators Sweep Milwaukee
Senior middle blocker Chloe Mann had a night for the history books, as she took over Florida’s career hitting percentage record in Saturday’s 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-10) sweep of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The reigning SEC Player of the Year and a 2012 AVCA First Team All-American hit an errorless .583 against Milwaukee with seven kills on the night.
Mann set the record with her first swing of the night, having to register at least 1,200 attempts for her career to be eligible for the all-time list. The old record was held for 13 years by Heather Wright (1997-2000), who hit .424 during her years in the Orange and Blue. Mann is currently hitting .465 for her career. Saturday was her fourth match of the season where she hit .500 or better and the second straight.
· Sophomore outside hitter Gabby Mallette turned in 15 points, tying her career high, with 12 kills and five blocks.
· Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Noami Santos-Lamb tallied a career-high 10 kills against the Panthers, racking up 11 points on the night.
· Junior libero Taylor Unroe scooped 13 digs against Milwaukee, her 22nd straight match with double-digit digs. The tally dates back to her 20-dig match against Tennessee on Nov. 4, 2012.
· Senior setter Taylor Brauneis led the Gators to their eighth match of the season above .300, dishing out 32 assists and leading Florida to a .396 hitting percentage. In the first stanza, Florida hit .560 with just two errors.
· Florida is undefeated (11-0) when capturing the first set in 2013.
· Saturday night was Florida’s eighth sweep of 2013.
Running Away: The Gators went on a 10-0 run in the third set with junior libero Taylor Unroe behind the service line. This was the second such run for Unroe in her career, having served 11 straight points at Mississippi State on September 30, 2012.
Not On Our Watch: Florida has forced eight of its 12 opponents to operate at under .200 hitting efficiency, including three offensive outputs at .000 and below. The Gators held the Golden Eagles to a .146 hitting percentage Friday night before forcing the Panthers to hit .000 Saturday. It was Florida’s third match of the season with double-digit blocking numbers (12.0).
Mary’s Minute: “11-1 going into conference play, we’re a much better team than we started the season. We have so much more to improve on. We have two first-year starters in Alex and Simone and this first month has been huge in their development. We knew how good our returners would be but what we have is depth and that’s what is really going to help us long-term.”
Mary by the Numbers:
At Florida: 697-81
Records: Florida: 11-1, Marquette: 5-4, Wisconsin-Milwaukee: 4-7
NCAA Numbers: Senior Chloe Mann is fourth in the NCAA in hitting percentage (.500), while the Gators are fourth in the nation with a .333 offensive clip. Senior setter Taylor Brauneis is ninth in assists (11.58/set) and 13th in aces (.52/set).
Closing in on 700: Florida’s Mary Wise is just three wins away from 700 victories as the head coach at Florida.
Up Next: Florida starts SEC play in the Magnolia State against Mississippi State (Fri., Sept. 27 – 8 p.m. ET) and Ole Miss (Sun., Sept. 29 – 2:30 p.m. ET).
Preseason Buzz: Florida was picked to win the Southeastern Conference title in a preseason vote of the league’s coaches, while senior middle blocker Chloe Mann and sophomore outside hitter Živa Recek were named Preseason All-SEC. Mann was also recently named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award and is representing the Gators with a blog on ESPNW.
They’re Back: Florida returns 11 letterwinners and five starters from a year ago, including First Team All-American Mann, AVCA National Freshman of the Year Recek, AVCA Honorable Mention All-American setter Taylor Brauneis, 2011 SEC All-Freshman Team honoree Taylor Unroe and sophomore outside hitter Gabby Mallette.
Lights, Camera, Action: Florida will be on television 12 times during the course of the 2013 regular season, the most of any Southeastern Conference program. The Gators’ next televised match is Friday, October 4 at home against Texas A&M.
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