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Friday October 18, 2013No. 2 Gators Grind Out 3-1 Win at Arkansas for Seventh SEC Victory

Fayetteville, Ark.

The No. 2 Florida volleyball team downed Arkansas 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-16) Friday at Barnhill Arena, its 12th-straight win over the Hogs, to remain perfect in Southeastern Conference play.

 

The Orange and Blue used double-digit kills from four different players to defeat Arkansas while sophomore middle blocker Simone Antwi notched a team-high 16.5 points to go with a squad-best .478 hitting efficiency to grind out the victory at Arkansas before the Gators head to undefeated Missouri on Sunday.

 

Quick Hits:

·         Four Gators in Živa Recek (13), Chloe Mann (13), Simone Antwi (12) and Gabby Mallette (10) all notched double-digit kills for the Orange and Blue Friday against Arkansas, the sixth time this season three or more players have done so.

·         Florida last had four players with double-digit kills in the sweep of Kentucky Oct. 11.

·         Freshman Alex Holston entered the locker room with one kill at the break and finished the match with nine.

·         Recek and senior setter Taylor Brauneis both rallied for double-doubles, Recek with 13 kills, 12 digs and Brauneis with 47 assists, 10 digs. For Brauneis, the double-dip was the eighth of her career, fifth this season, while Recek tallied the 14th double-double of her Gator career, the fifth of 2013.

·         Junior libero Taylor Unroe had an impressive match in the back row, scooping a match-high 19 digs against the Razorbacks. Unroe also dished out four assists on the night.

·         Senior Chloe Mann led UF’s defensive corps with six blocks, while Holston and Antwi had three stuffs each.

·         Florida strung together a 28-set win streak dating back to Sept. 14 against Western Michigan before Arkansas edged the Orange and Blue, 25-22, in set one of Friday’s match

 

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 175 more attempts to be eligible for the NCAA record (approx. 16 attacks/reg. season match).

 

Not On Our Watch: Florida has forced 15 of its 19 opponents to operate at under .200 hitting efficiency, including three offensive outputs at .000 and below. The Gators held the Razorbacks to .075 hitting efficiency on Friday, including -.100 in the second set and -.148 in the fourth and final set.

 

NCAA Numbers: Senior Chloe Mann is second in the NCAA in hitting percentage (.532), while the Gators are also second in the nation with a .344 offensive clip. Freshman right-side hitter Alex Holston is fifth in the nation with a .453 hitting percentage and senior setter Taylor Brauneis is seventh in assists (11.85/set).

 

Mary’s Minute: “This was a typical Friday night match on the road in the league with a great attendance and the home team playing with aggressiveness. Credit Arkansas because they were, especially earlier in the match, very low error. We pressed a little too much throughout the match, but to win when we weren’t at our best is still a positive.”

 

Mary by the Numbers:

                At Florida: 704-81

                All-Time: 785-144

 

Records: No. 2 Florida: 18-1 (7-0 SEC), Arkansas: 12-7 (5-3 SEC)

 

All-Time Against Arkansas: The Gators moved to a staggering 35-2 all-time against the Razorbacks, including 12 straight wins against the Hogs. Florida has not lost to Arkansas since 2007 and for the fourth trip to Fayetteville dating back to 2010, the match required extra sets (2010: 4, 2011: 5, 2012: 5, 2013: 4).

 

Up Next: Florida will wrap up the weekend road stint at undefeated No. 18 Missouri Sunday in Columbia, with opening serve slated for 2:30 p.m. ET. Gator fans can catch the match live on MUTigers.com and tune in to Cory Stephens live on ESPN 850/GatorZone.com. The Orange and Blue return to the O’Connell Center Oct. 25 & 27 against Auburn and Tennessee. The Gators and the Tigers match up at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, October 25 and the Gators look to earn their first win over the Lady Vols since 2010 on Sunday, October 27 at 1:30 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 Sunday, October 27 against Tennessee. The Gators and the Lady Vols face off at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sun Sports.

 

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