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Sunday September 29, 2013No. 3 Florida Puts on Blocking Showcase in Sweep of Ole Miss

Oxford, Miss.

Behind a season-high 15 blocks, the No. 3 Florida volleyball team stayed unbeaten in Southeastern Conference play with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-12) sweep of Ole Miss Sunday. Florida’s 15 blocks are the most in a single match since Oct. 5, 2012 against Arkansas (16.5).

 

Sophomore middle blocker Simone Antwi led the block party for the Gators with a career-high-tying seven blocks (two solo, five assists) against the Rebels. Antwi was second on the team with 12.5 points as she also slammed seven kills.

 

Quick Hits:

·         Florida stuffed seven solo blocks as a team, tying for the sixth-most in a single match in program history. Seven solo stuffs are the most from the Gators since Oct. 5, 2012 at home vs. Arkansas.

·         Senior middle blocker Chloe Mann turned in her sixth errorless match of the season, hitting .583 with seven kills against Ole Miss. Mann is hitting .466 for her career, as she is the NCAA active leader in the category and sits just behind NCAA record holder in career hitting percentage, Penn State's Arielle Wilson (.468).

·         Sophomore outside hitter Živa Recek led all players with 18.5 points against Ole Miss, The reigning National Freshman of the Year roofed four blocks against the Rebels, tying her career high (10/5/12 vs. Ark.).

·         Senior setter Taylor Brauneis dished out 32 assists for the Orange and Blue while also stuffing four blocks, tying her season high. Brauneis set Florida to a .400 hitting percentage, the 11th time the Gators have hit above .300 in 2013.

·         Junior libero Taylor Unroe has not registered a reception error in nine straight matches and tallied eight digs against the Rebels. Her double-digit dig streak came to a close Sunday at 23 straight matches, dating back to Nov. 4, 2012. The Gator junior was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for her performances against No. 17 FSU, Marquette and Milwaukee.

·         Against Ole Miss, Florida is 43-3 all-time and an undefeated 37-0 under head coach Mary Wise.

 

Not On Our Watch: Florida has forced 10 of its 14 opponents to operate at under .200 hitting efficiency, including three offensive outputs at .000 and below. The Gators held the Bulldogs to a .179 hitting percentage Friday night and the Rebels to a .070 offensive clip Sunday afternoon.

 

NCAA Numbers: Senior Chloe Mann is fourth in the NCAA in hitting percentage (.506), while the Gators are fourth in the nation with a .337 offensive clip. Senior setter Taylor Brauneis is 12th in assists (11.54/set) and 18th in aces (.51/set).

 

Mary’s Minute: “This was one of those wins where you can point to any position and talk about how well that group played. It started on Saturday with how good our team did in practice preparing for the speed of this team, especially Ole Miss’ middles. They’re a young team and they’re just going to get better. Our experience really helped us in winning this match.”

 

Mary by the Numbers:

                At Florida: 699-81

                All-Time: 780-144

 

Records: Florida: 13-1 (2-0 SEC), Ole Miss: 10-5 (0-2 SEC)

 

Up Next: Florida has a split weekend as the Gators return to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center to host Texas A&M on Friday, October 4 at 7 p.m. ET on Sun Sports. Florida then travels to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 6.

 

Gator Hotline with Mary Wise: The 10th season of Gator Hotline with Mary Wise is returning to the airwaves on Monday, September 30 at KC Crave. The show airs each Monday night during the season from 6-7 p.m. on ESPN 850 Gainesville and online at www.wruf.com.Gator fans are invited to come out and participate in the show on location, or call in at 352-392-8255 to ask their questions.

 

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.

 

Follow the Gators: For all of the latest information on Florida volleyball, please visit GatorZone. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow Florida Volleyball (@GatorZoneVB) and Coach Mary Wise (@GatorMary) on Twitter. You can also find the Gators on Facebook.

 

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