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Senior middle blocker Chloe Mann had a career-best postseason performance with a .700 hitting clip Thursday.

Thursday December 5, 2013No. 5 Seed Gators Advance to NCAA Second Round, Will Clash with FSU Friday, 7 p.m.

Senior middle blocker Chloe Mann had a career-best postseason performance with a .700 hitting clip Thursday.

Gainesville Sub-Regional Central | 2013 Interactive Bracket | NCAA Volleyball Championship Central

 

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Senior middle blocker Chloe Mann put on the best postseason performance of her Gator career thus far, registering a .700 clip with 15 kills and two blocks as the No. 5 seed University of Florida volleyball team swept Jacksonville University (25-19, 25-15, 25-16) in NCAA First Round action at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Thursday to set up a Florida-Florida State Showdown Friday at 7 p.m.

 

As a squad, the Gators turned in a .476 hitting efficiency – their second-best clip in NCAA Tournament history – behind double-digit kills from Mann (15) and sophomore outside hitter Živa Recek (11). The Gators will meet the Seminoles – who swept Georgia Southern Thursday – in a Sunshine State Second Round Showdown for rights to a trip to the Sweet 16 in Champaign, Ill. Dec. 13 & 14.

 

UF vs. FSU BROADCAST INFORMATION

December 6, 2013

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SCOUTING FSU

·         2013 Overall Record: 25-7

·         2013 Conference Record: 17-3 ACC

·         Series Record: Florida leads, 36-17 (29-3 under Mary Wise)

·         Home: 21-4 | Away: 12-8 | Neutral: 3-5

·         Last Meeting: September 17, 2013 in Gainesville (UF 3, FSU 0 | 25-20, 26-24, 25-23)

·         Last NCAA Tournament Meeting: 2010 Second Round (UF 3, FSU 2 | 20-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 17-15)

·         UF is 2-0 vs. FSU in the NCAA Tournament

 

GATOR BITES

·         Jacksonville became Florida’s 21s opponent this season to hit under .200, as the Orange and Blue held the Dolphins to a .175 clip

·         Florida’s .476 clip tied for second-best in Gator NCAA Tournament records, the top hitting efficiency coming against South Carolina State in 2010 (.586), while UF also hit .476 against College of Charleston in 2009

·         The Gators only got stronger each set Thursday, improving from .355 to .480 from the first to second set, while finishing out the match with a staggering .607 clip in the third and final set

·         Florida improved to 46-6 at home in NCAA Tournament play

·         UF played very low error Thursday, with just seven miscues, its least since Oct. 6. Jacksonville had 18 errors

·         Senior middle blocker Chloe Mann had her second straight outing with 15 kills or more and turned in her fourth hitting performance of the season above .700 (last vs. LSU, .714)

·         Junior outside hitter Živa Recek joined Mann in double-digit kills, notching 11 slams (.345 clip). Recek had an all around stellar performance with a service ace, seven digs and four blocks, her second-best blocking performance of the season

·         Sophomore Simone Antwi hit above .500 for the Gators against Jacksonville Thursday, turning in a .545 hitting efficiency with six kills and three blocks

·         Sophomore Noami Santos-Lamb had an impressive outing with a .667 clip and seven kills, her best hitting efficiency since the season opener

·         Junior Taylor Unroe, the 2013 SEC Libero of the Year scooped a squad-best nine digs, while nine of 12 Gators who played Thursday had at least one dig. Unroe added one of her famous aces to contribute to Florida’s three

·         Freshman right side Alex Holston had a solid outing in her first NCAA Tournament match with a .417 clip thanks to six kills on 12 swings

·         Gator head coach Mary Wise is undefeated in the NCAA First Round, going 17-0 since the expansion of the tournament to 64 teams in 1998

·         Wise is 58-22 (.725) all-time in the NCAA Tournament

·         The Gators improved to 59-23 (.719) all-time in the NCAA Tournament with the sweep Thursday

·         Florida has made 20 Regional Semifinals in school history, including eight straight, and will be looking for its 21st berth Friday

·         UF has made seven Final Four appearances

·         The Gators’ 2013 NCAA Tournament appearance is its 23rd consecutive and 24th in Florida history

·         Florida played for the National Championship in 2003 and last reached a NCAA Regional Final in 2011

·         The 2013 NCAA Volleyball Final Four is slated for December 19 (National Semifinal) & 21 (National Championship) in Seattle, Wash., and will be hosted by the Seattle Sports Commission and the University of Washington at KeyArena, located at the foot of Seattle’s Space Needle

·         Florida entered the NCAA Tournament having notched its 23rd straight 25-win season (27-3, 16-2 SEC), as the Gators finished the 2013 conference slate second in the league standings behind undefeated Missouri

·         Florida is just two wins shy of its 10th 30-win season in program history

 

NCAA FIRST ROUND QUOTES

Florida Head Coach Mary Wise

Opening statement

“As soon as we saw the draw, we talked to the team about playing JU. Even before we watched them on video, our prediction was that they were going to be a reflection of their coaching staff. One of the best NCAA matches we’ve had in terms of just exciting, high-level play was against Michelle Collier’s South Florida team when she was a senior. I think the Jacksonville team resembles her in terms of their grittiness. (Sammie) Strausbaugh, we’ve watched her on video. We saw her last year as a freshman. We knew they were getting her the ball. I think there are great things for Jacksonville in the future. Tonight, it was a matter of when we were in system. Chloe (Mann) put up another average offensive performance, hitting 700. We felt like we had a sizeable advantage when we could control the first contact.  We did a really nice job of that and got some transition digs to allow us to score off the serve.”

 

Florida Senior Chloe Mann

On getting the first NCAA match out of the way:

“It’s definitely a relief. We’re taking it one game at a time, and so this is one of, hopefully, six matches that we’re going to play. I think we all did a really good job of coming out strong in the first set and maintaining that all three sets.”

 

On what changed in the second set:

“I think they put up a good defensive effort. I think as the match went on we got into more of a flow offensively. Our passers did a better job of hitting up good balls for Taylor (Brauneis), who distributed awesomely tonight, as shown by numbers. We just got more of a flow of things and started out more smoothly.”

 

Florida Sophomore Simone Antwi

On her expectations for tomorrow night:

“As always, Florida State is always a battle. So we’re expecting it to be a good game. Good volleyball and a good rivalry so I’m excited.”

 

On what the team will take from playing them earlier in the season:

“We’re just looking at it as tournament time, so teams are different. They’re playing different. We’re going to watch the film, break them down and then play them just like we’ve always played them: hard.”

 

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