Friday October 11, 2013No. 2 Florida Earns Eighth Straight Sweep with 3-0 Victory over No. 15 Kentucky
The No. 2 University of Florida volleyball team used four double-digit kill outputs to sweep the No. 15 Kentucky Wildcats, 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-20), on Friday night at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
Freshman right-side hitter Alex Holston tied a career-high 13 kills to lead the Gators and a match-high .667 hitting percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Gabby Mallette added 12 kills and senior middle blocker Chloe Mann and sophomore outside hitter Živa Recek each tallied 11.
· Senior setter Taylor Brauneis dished out a match-high 39 assists, which the Gators used to record a .372 hitting efficiency. Friday was the 14th time the Gators have hit above .300 in 2013.
· This was just the second time this season that four or more Gators have registered double-digit kills. Five Florida players notched double-digit kills in the win over Western Michigan on Sept. 14.
· As a team, the Gators tallied a new season-high in kills for a three-set match with 54.
· Recek nabbed her 13th double-double of her career and fourth of the season, scooping a team-high 14 digs to go along with her 11 kills.
· Mann hit above .500 for the 13th time this season and registered her ninth errorless match of the season. Mann has not committed a hitting error since Sept. 20 at Marquette.
· The Gators are one of two unbeaten teams in conference action. No. 25 Missouri swept Tennessee on the road Friday night to move to 20-0 on the year and 4-0 in SEC play.
Chloe’s a “Mann”ster: Senior middle blocker Chloe Mann is hitting .475 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 214 more attempts to be eligible for the NCAA record (approx. 16 attacks/reg. season match).
Not On Our Watch: Florida has forced 13 of its 17 opponents to operate at under .200 hitting efficiency, including three offensive outputs at .000 and below. The Gators held the Wildcats to .188 on Friday, including just .056 in the first set.
NCAA Numbers: Senior Chloe Mann is second in the NCAA in hitting percentage (.537), while the Gators are also second in the nation with a .351 offensive clip. Senior setter Taylor Brauneis is 11th in assists (11.71/set) and freshman right-side hitter Alex Holston broke into the top 20 with a .440 hitting percentage for 19th.
Mary’s Minute: “From a defensive standpoint, limiting Kentucky’s offense to 29 kills was a lot about our defense tonight. Set the tone early with some key blocks but made some plays in the back row as well. We worked on (scouting) them all week and just trying to get a beat on them. There were times when we brought it on ourselves with our service errors but from an offensive standpoint, the story of the match is Alex Holston. But also, you can’t take the talents of Chloe Mann for granted. Just another match without her making a hitting error. That’s ridiculous. That just doesn’t happen in our sport. You’re going to make hitting errors. It’s part of the game. But obviously no one told her that. So just another night for Chloe but Alex’s ability to see the block with her huge hitting window, she just hit all parts of the court today.”
Mary by the Numbers:
At Florida: 702-81
Records: No. 2 Florida: 16-1 (5-0 SEC), No. 15 Kentucky 12-4 (4-1 SEC)
Up Next: Florida returns to the O’Dome to host longtime SEC foe Georgia. The Gators’ matchup with the Bulldogs is set for 2 p.m. ET with Bernie Guenther and former Gator All-SEC selection Missy Whittemore calling the action live on CSS/CST and ESPN3.
Bulldog to Watch: Sophomore middle blocker Jasmine Eatmon is back for the Bulldogs after notching 155 kills as a freshman last season. Eatmon is hitting .352 as a sophomore with 1.84 kills/set. Defensively, Eatmon is averaging .70 blocks/set.
All-Time: Against Georgia, Florida is 55-9, including 52-1 under Wise. The Gators have not lost to the Bulldogs since 2008 and haven’t dropped a set to UGA since the 2010 season, a match in which Wise earned her 700th career win.
On The Horizon: Florida hits the road to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks on Friday, October 18 at 8 p.m. ET at Barnhill Arena. The Gators then look to challenge undefeated Missouri in Columbia at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 20.
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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Sunday, October 13
Live on CSS/CST (Cox: 259)