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Friday October 4, 2013Wise Earns 700th Gator Victory as No. 3 Florida Sweeps Texas A&M

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Behind a flawless night for Florida’s middles and double-digit kills for two Gator underclassmen, the No. 3 Florida volleyball team swept Texas A&M, 3-0 (25-9, 25-23, 25-17), in front of a season-high 3,533 Gator faithful Friday night at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The victory gave Florida head coach Mary Wise her 700th win at the helm of the Gator program.

 

Sophomore middle blocker Simone Antwi tallied a match-high 12 kills on 19 swings for a .632 hitting percentage, adding two blocks to lead all players with a match-high 13.5 points. Senior middle blocker Chloe Mann was also errorless on the night, hitting a match-high .643 with nine kills on 14 swings for her seventh error-free performance of 2013.

 

Quick Hits:

·         Freshman Alex Holston turned in her eighth match of the season hitting at .400 and above. The Gator rookie hit .474 with 10 kills on 19 swings.

·         Mann is hitting .468 for her career, as she is the NCAA active leader in the category and sits even with the NCAA record holder in career hitting percentage, Penn State's Arielle Wilson (.468). Mann needs 250 more attempts to be eligible for the NCAA record (approx. 17 attacks/reg. season match).

·         Senior setter Taylor Brauneis dished out 32 assists for the Orange and Blue while narrowly missing a double-double with eight digs. Brauneis set Florida to a .369 hitting percentage, the 12th time the Gators have hit above .300 in 2013.

·         Junior defensive specialist Madison Monserez scooped a match-high 11 digs Friday night, her second double-digit dig output of the season.

·         Junior libero Taylor Unroe has not registered a reception error in 10 straight matches and tallied nine digs against the Aggies.

·         Against Texas A&M, Florida is now 8-0 all-time, including 6-0 under head coach Mary Wise.

 

Not On Our Watch: Florida has forced 11 of its 15 opponents to operate at under .200 hitting efficiency, including three offensive outputs at .000 and below. The Gators held the Aggies to .172 offensive clip Friday night, including a -.107 in the first set.

 

NCAA Numbers: Senior Chloe Mann is second in the NCAA in hitting percentage (.513), while the Gators are second in the nation with a .339 offensive clip. Senior setter Taylor Brauneis is 12th in assists (11.48/set) and 14th in aces (.48/set).

 

Mary’s Minute: “The 700th win (at Florida) means just as much to me as the 147th. It’s a nice round number. It gives us the opportunity to step back and acknowledge how blessed we are that we came to Florida, and that this program has thrived with all the support we have from the administration. We have had some talented players come through this program who contributed to these 700 wins.”

 

Mary by the Numbers:

                At Florida: 700-81

                All-Time: 781-144

 

Records: Florida: 14-1 (3-0 SEC), Texas A&M: 9-4 (1-1 SEC)

 

Up Next: Florida has a split weekend as the Gators travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide. First serve is set for 2:30 p.m. ET and Gator fans can listen live on Sunday, October 6 on ESPN 850 and GatorZone.com.

 

Tide to Watch: Freshman middle blocker Krystal Rivers ranks third in the SEC and 14th in the nation in hitting percentage (.437). Named SEC Freshman of the Week on Sept. 23, Rivers leads the Crimson Tide in points/set (4.25) and blocks (.85).

 

All-Time: The Gators are undefeated against both of this weekend’s opponents. Florida boasts a 37-0 record over Alabama, including 35-0 under Mary Wise.

 

On The Horizon: Florida hosts its first full SEC home weekend as the Gators welcome No. 19 Kentucky and longtime SEC foe Georgia to the O’Connell Center. The Gators and the Wildcats face off at 6:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports Florida Friday, October 11. The matchup between the Gators and the Bulldogs airs live at 2 p.m. ET on CSS/CST.

 

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 1 at home against nationally-ranked Kentucky.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Sunday, October 6

2:30 P.M. ET         Florida at Alabama             Live Stats              Radio     Live Video

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