UF roundup: Florida volleyball swept by Texas
Published: Friday, August 31, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 31, 2012 at 8:52 p.m.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A strong performance by a freshman was not enough for the Florida volleyball team on Friday night in the opening match of the Nike Big Four Classic on the Penn State campus.
The No. 18 Gators (3-1) suffered their first loss of the season, a 3-0 sweep (29-27, 25-22, 26-24) by No. 2 Texas (5-0).
“Texas, the second-ranked team in the nation, with their physicality and size ... no one besides probably the Gators and the fans that are here gave us a chance,” Florida head coach Mary Wise said. “The score was exactly as anyone would have predicted based on Texas and their talent and where we are in our progression.
“Those three sets, our team played their hearts out. We competed and worked so hard.”
Freshman Ziva Recek's 22-kill performance with a .475 hitting clip marks the best 3-set hitting performance by a freshman in Florida history and ties her for third-best in a three-set match in program history. The Slovenia native was virtually unstoppable against the Longhorns, tallying only three errors for the afternoon on 40 swings.
“Ziva was nothing short of sensational,” Wise said. “For her to set a record, and we've had some pretty phenomenal freshmen in the past, but for her to set that mark, I think it shows her skill, as well as the fact that Taylor (Brauneis)did a great job distributing the ball and getting it to Ziva and Chloe (Mann), who were our hot hands.”
Mann, a junior out of Eastside High School, had 16 kills against the Longhorns, while fellow middle blocker Simone Antwi had seven. Mann hit .394 on the afternoon and Antwi put up an even .400 offensive clip.
Brauneis, a junior setter, dished out 47 assists and aiding the Gators to a .314 hitting percentage. Florida outhit Texas .314-.313. On the defensive side of things, it was sophomore libero Taylor Unroe who led the way with 15 digs for the Gators. Unroe also tallied three assists and a service ace against the Longhorns while continuing her perfect serve-receive percentage on the season.
Next up for the Gators is No. 9 Stanford. First serve between the Gators and the Cardinal is set for 4 p.m. today.
SOCCER: Florida (1-2-1) dropped a hard-fought 1-0 decision at No. 1 Florida State (3-0) in front of the Seminoles' second-largest crowd ever of 2,243 at the Florida State Soccer Complex
A header off a long throw-in scored the Seminoles' goal in the 10th minute. Jessica Price threw the ball to the corner of the six-yard box where Kristin Grubka flicked the ball back to the far post to score her first goal of the season.
An equalizer looked like it was scored early in the second half when sophomore Havana Solaun connected on a shot after the feed down the middle of the box from senior Erika Tymrak, but an offsides call waved off the goal.
“The offsides was very close,” UF coach Becky Burleigh said. “For the other ones, we need to have a bit more composure.”
Next up, the Gators return to play host to Florida International (2-1) on Sunday at 7 p.m. at James G. Pressly Stadium.
CROSS COUNTRY: At Cullowhee, N.C., a total of 10 Gator athletes notched top-10 finishes to complete UF's season-opening efforts at the Western Carolina Invitational. Freshman Julie Macedo and senior Josh Izewski led the Gators, as both were victorious, helping UF to both the women's and men's team wins.