Sunday October 6, 2013No. 3 Gators Sweep Crimson Tide to Stay Unbeaten in SEC Play
Photo: Ron Irby
Photo: Ron Irby
Behind a stunning offensive display from senior middle blocker Chloe Mann, the No. 3 Florida volleyball team earned its 12th sweep of 2013 in a 3-0 victory over Alabama (25-21, 25-16, 25-18). The Gators hit .529 against the Crimson Tide, the third-highest hitting percentage for a single match in program history.
Mann hit .737 on the afternoon with 14 errorless kills on 19 attempts. Two Gator sophomores also churned out double-digit kills Sunday, as sophomore middle blocker Simone Antwi and sophomore outside hitter Gabby Mallette tallied 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Antwi hit .588 against Alabama while Mallette hit .600 against the Crimson Tide.
· Freshman Alex Holston turned in her ninth match of the season hitting at .400 and above. The Gator rookie hit .727 with eight kills on 11 swings.
· The Gators notched 22 kills in the first set Sunday, the most in a single set since Dec. 9, 2011 (vs. Michigan – NCAA Sweet 16).
· Senior setter Taylor Brauneis dished out 41 assists and set Florida to a .529 hitting percentage, the 13th time the Gators have hit above .300 in 2013.
· Florida hit .588 in the first set, as four Gator hitters were operating at .600 or above. Mallette hit 1.000 (4-0-4), Holston hit .857 (6-0-7), Mann hit .714 (5-0-7) and Antwi hit .600 (4-1-5).
· The Gators charged back in the second set after Alabama jumped out to a five-point lead, tying the set at 12-12 with an ace from Holly Pole.
· Florida moves to a 38-0 record over Alabama, including 36-0 under Mary Wise.
Chloe’s a “Mann”ster: Senior middle blocker Chloe Mann is hitting .472 for her career and is the Florida career record holder in the category. The reigning SEC Player of the Year is the NCAA active leader in hitting percentage and sits just above the NCAA record holder in career hitting percentage, Penn State's Arielle Wilson (.468). Mann needs 231 more attempts to be eligible for the NCAA record (approx. 17 attacks/reg. season match).
Not On Our Watch: Florida has forced 12 of its 16 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. Florida then held Alabama to .155 Sunday, including -.040 in the second stanza.
SEC Sweeps: The Gators have not dropped a set in Southeastern Conference play in 2013.
NCAA Numbers: Senior Chloe Mann is second in the NCAA in hitting percentage (.527), while the Gators are second in the nation with a .349 offensive clip. Senior setter Taylor Brauneis is 12th in assists (11.62/set) and 14th in aces (.44/set).
Mary’s Minute: “3-0 sweeps in Foster Auditorium are not going to come easy for the next several years because of the talented freshmen and recruiting classes this staff is bringing in. It took a near-record-breaking performance for us to win 3-0 today.”
Mary by the Numbers:
At Florida: 701-81
Records: Florida: 15-1 (4-0 SEC), Alabama: 13-4 (1-2 SEC)
Up Next: 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.
Friday, October 11
Live on FS Florida (Cox: 70/1070; DirecTV: 654; Dish: 423/373)
Sunday, October 13
Live on CSS/CST (Cox: 259)