Roundup: UF volleyball earns 5-set win

Published: Friday, September 14, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 12:35 a.m.

All five Florida hitters were in the double digits on Friday evening, as Florida battled back from a first set defeat to overtake host Arkansas in five, 3-2 (23-25, 25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 15-13.)

“Winning in Barnhill against a veteran Arkansas team was huge for us,” Florida head coach Mary Wise said. “For us to grind it out, I just can’t say enough about our players’ work ethic.”

Three Gators led the way in kills, as junior Chloe Mann, freshman Ziva Recek and senior Tangerine Wiggs each tallied 13 kills, with Wiggs producing a match-high .500 offensive clip to lead all hitters.

Senior Betsy Smith had her best match of the year with a career-high 12 kills

Florida next plays at Kentucky on Sunday at 1 p.m.

SOCCER: Florida (3-3-1, 0-1 SEC) dropped its Southeastern Conference opener 2-1 at Kentucky (6-1, 1-0 SEC) in front of a UK Soccer Complex crowd of 1,348.

A penalty kick from each team provided all the scoring of the opening half. Florida was awarded a penalty kick in the 12th minute when senior All-American Erika Tymrak was fouled in the box. Fellow senior McKenzie Barney converted the first penalty kick of her UF career. It was the first penalty kick awarded to the Gators this season, with the last coming Sept. 25, 2011, at Tennessee.

The score was knotted in the 30th minute when the Gators were cited with a foul in the box, giving the Wildcats their second penalty kick of the season. Arin Gilliland hit her attempt to give UK its first successful penalty kick of the season.

A goal off a corner kick gave the Wildcats the final 2-1 margin early in the second half. Courtney Roetzman scored her first goal of the season off the scrum following the kick from Danielle Krohn.

Florida continues SEC road play Sunday at Auburn. The Tigers lost 2-0 to No. 21 Missouri on Friday. Match time for the UF-AU contest is set for 3 p.m. at the Auburn Soccer Complex.

MEN'S TENNIS: Florida fared well on the first day of the Bedford Cup at the Ring Tennis Complex. UF went 2-1 in doubles action and won all but one of its singles matches.

“It was a great to be back in Gainesville and to be back on our home court,” said head coach Bryan Shelton. “It’s great to have the all the teams from the state of Florida competing here, as well.”

The doubles tandem of Bob van Overbeek and Gordon Watson won a first-round match, 8-2, against Stetson’s Laurynas Antropikas and Egor Panyushkin. The pair suffered a setback in the round of 16, losing 8-5 to Florida A&M’s C. Salif Kante and Takura Happy.

Fresh off their Southern Intercollegiate Doubles Championship, Mike Alford and Florent Diep defeated Florida State’s Jordan Kelly- Houston and Michael Rinaldi to advance to the quarterfinals. Alford and Diep received a bye to the round of 16.

In singles action, Alford, Diep, and Watson all won their first-round matchups. Luke Johnson lost 6-1, 6-3 to Omar Aly of Miami.

“I was very happy with the way Mike Alford finished in singles,” Shelton said. “He really put it all together and stepped up.”

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