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Friday November 1, 2013No. 5 Gators Hold Off Tigers for 10th SEC Win of 2013

Baton Rouge, La.

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The No. 5 Florida volleyball team had one of its most balanced matches of the year, defeating LSU in four sets (25-19, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16) Friday evening at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge.


Sophomore outside hitter Živa Recek led all players with 16.5 points on the evening, tallying 13 kills and 15 digs for her 16th career double-double and the seventh of 2013. Senior CLASS Award finalist Chloe Mann registered a match-high .522 hitting percentage with 14 kills on 23 swings. Junior libero Taylor Unroe matched her season high with 21 digs, while sophomore defensive specialist Nikki O’Rourke scooped a career-high 19 digs Friday evening.


·         Four Gators in Chloe Mann (14), Živa Recek (13), Simone Antwi (13) and Alex Holston (12) all notched double-digit kills for Florida Friday against LSU, the seventh time this season three or more players have done so.

·         Four members of the Orange and Blue recorded double-figure digs, including Taylor Unroe (21), Nikki O’Rourke (19), Recek (15) and Holly Pole (14).

·         Recek stuffed a career-high five blocks against the Tigers, including two block solos.

·         Mann hit 1.000 in the opening set, registering six kills on six swings.

·         Both O’Rourke and Unroe were perfect on serve receive Friday, combining for 38 flawless receptions.

·         82 team digs is the most in a four-set match since Dec. 2, 2011 when the Gators took down Mizzou in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.


Chloe’s a “Mann”ster: Senior middle blocker Chloe Mann is hitting .471 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 93 more attempts to be eligible for the NCAA record (approx. 13 attacks/reg. season match).


Not On Our Watch: Florida has forced 18 of its 23 opponents to operate at under .200 hitting efficiency, including three offensive outputs at .000 and below. UF held LSU to a .118 offensive clip Friday evening, including a match-low .020 in the opening set.


NCAA Numbers: Senior Chloe Mann leads the NCAA in hitting percentage (.507), while the Gators are second in the nation with a .331 offensive clip. Freshman right-side hitter Alex Holston is 13th in the country with a .425 hitting percentage and senior setter Taylor Brauneis is seventh in assists (11.84/set).


Mary’s Minute: “This is one of those wins where you can point to so many different parts of the game that helped us be successful. Our defense was terrific tonight and the offense out of our middles and right side, thanks to our setter, was fantastic. To match LSU block-for-block and out-dig them was really a reflection of how hard we played and how hard we had to play to get this win.”


Mary by the Numbers:

                At Florida: 707-82

                All-Time: 788-145


Records: No. 5 Florida: 21-2 (10-1 SEC), LSU: 14-7 (4-5 SEC)


All-Time Against LSU: The Gators are now 36-13 all-time against the Tigers, including 33-5 under Florida head coach Mary Wise. Florida is riding a six-match win streak in the series.


Up Next: Florida plays its first nationally-televised match of the season with a tilt at Texas A&M in College Station at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 3. ESPNU will air the match live as the Gators look to sweep the Aggies on the season.


Vote for Chloe: Senior middle blocker Chloe Mann is one of ten NCAA® women’s volleyball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court to be selected as finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate volleyball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. Fans can vote for Chloe here once a day, every day until December 9.


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