No. 7 Gator Volleyball Sweeps Lady Vols for 23rd Consecutive 25-Win Season
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Chloe Mann, sophomore Živa Recek and freshman Alex Holston all notched double-digit kills as No. 7 Gator volleyball’s 25th victory of the season came via a sweep in Knoxville against the Tennessee Lady Vols Wednesday in front of a national television audience on ESPNU. Florida made it 23 consecutive 25-win seasons, all under head coach Mary Wise.
Mann, the nation’s leading hitter in 2013, officially became eligible for the NCAA career hitting efficiency record Wednesday evening, as the Gator middle blocker needed just seven attacks to reach the career minimum 1,500. Mann has put together a .471 hitting percentage throughout her time donning the Orange and Blue and will look to finish out her career as a Gator atop the NCAA record book in the category.
For the eighth time this season, the Gators had no reception errors – the second time in league play UF has accomplished the feat (last vs. Auburn Oct. 25)
Freshman Alex Holston (13), sophomore Živa Recek (12) and senior Chloe Mann (10) all swung for double-digit kills Wednesday. For Holston it was her first match since Nov. 13 with double-digit kills and her first double-digit kill performance with zero errors this season
Recek notched her sixth match in the last seven with double-digit kills, while Mann reached double-digit kills four the fourth time in the last eight matches
Holston’s .684 hitting percentage was her third-highest of the season
Florida has now had five or more service aces in eight of its last 10 matches
The sweep over Tennessee marked UF’s 11th of the conference slate
Junior Holly Pole paced the Gators with three service aces Wednesday, her second time in SEC play with three and her fifth time in conference play with two or more in a match
Sophomore Nikki O’Rourke also chipped in a season-tying two service aces against the Lady Vols, her third time this season with two
The last time the Gators had three players with double-digit kills was against Georgia Oct. 3 in Gainesville (Mann, Antwi, Holston)
Junior libero Taylor Unroe had a team-high 10 digs on the night for the Gators, her most since Nov. 3 against Texas A&M
Florida is now 44-12 all-time against Tennessee (40-7 under Wise), including two sweeps this year against the Lady Vols this season.
The Orange and Blue head back to the friendly confines of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center for their regular-season home finale Friday, Nov. 22, which will serve as senior night. The Gators will honor seniors Taylor Brauneis and Chloe Mann at Friday’s match. The Gators are 36-13 against LSU (33-5 under Wise) and will enter Friday’s home clash with the Tigers riding a six-match win streak, including a 3-1 win in Baton Rouge Nov. 1 (25-19, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16).