UF's Mann named Preseason All-SEC


Florida's Chloe Mann spikes the ball for a kill during a match against Michigan in the regional semifinals of the 2011 NCAA Volleyball Championship at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on Dec. 9. Mann was named to the All-SEC preseason team.

Published: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 4:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 4:51 p.m.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Florida junior middle blocker Chloe Mann has been named to the Preseason All-SEC volleyball team, the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday.

The preseason All-SEC team consists of a minimum of nine players, which are voted on by the league coaches. Ties are not broken. Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee led all schools with two selections each. In addition, Arkansas, Florida and LSU each had a student-athlete named to the team. Six of the nine of the players listed were named All-SEC First or Second Team in 2011.

In a class-by-class breakdown, three seniors and six juniors earned preseason honors. The Eastern Division had seven representatives named to the team while the Western Division had two selections.

Mann had a breakout sophomore campaign for the Gators, starting 14 matches and playing in 27 matches overall, setting a new Florida program record for hitting percentage in a season (.500). Mann tallied 145 kills and 67 blocks on the season. Her hitting efficiency aided the Gators to the nation's best hitting percentage (.308) and the Gainesville native and Eastside High School grad led the SEC in hitting percentage throughout the last six weeks of the season.

Mann had quite a few memorable performances in 2011, including a weekend on the road at LSU and Arkansas that put her in the Florida record books. Mann recorded the second-highest hitting percentage in NCAA history (min. 20 attacks), as she hit .900 against LSU, tallying 18 kills with no errors (18-0-20). Her performance was the highest in the history of the SEC with at least 20 attacks and she registered a then-career-high 20.5 points.

Not to be outdone, Mann followed up that career performance with another, posting 19 kills, six digs, five blocks and a .417 hitting percentage in Florida's comeback victory over Arkansas. Her 19 kills were the most by a Florida middle blocker since the change in rally scoring to 25-point sets. Mann recorded 21.5 points in the win, a new career high.

Florida begins the 2012 campaign Aug. 24-25, when they host the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational, featuring a Sunshine State lineup of the Gators, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida A&M and Florida International. The Gators were picked to finish third in the Southeastern Conference this season.

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