UF roundup: Mann stars in volleyball win


Published: Friday, September 28, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 1:19 a.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Junior middle blocker Chloe Mann had one of the best matches of her career, hitting a season-high .621 with a career-high 20 kills to help the No. 12 Florida volleyball team defeat South Carolina, 3-1, on the road Friday night.

Mann’s 20 kills best her phenomenal performances last November on the road at LSU and Arkansas, where she tallied 18 and 19 kills, respectively. The Gainesville native’s 22.0 points is also a new career high.

“Chloe was lights out and I think when someone has the hot hand, you have to get them the ball,” Florida head coach Mary Wise said. “I have to give South Carolina a lot of credit. They responded without using their best player (Juliette Thevenin) and were able to come out and win that third set and really gave us a match.”

Florida hit .410 in the match with 9.0 blocks, holding South Carolina to a .260 offensive efficiency and the SEC’s leading point-scorer, Thevenin, to just five kills. The Gators (10-2, 4-0 SEC) remain the only unbeaten team in league play, while South Carolina dropped its first match at home this season, moving to 13-3 on the year and 2-3 in SEC action.

Junior setter Taylor Brauneis narrowly missed her season high with 52 assists on the night, adding two service aces against the Gamecocks. Senior right-side hitter Tangerine Wiggs hit .500 with 10 kills and five blocks, while Mann added four block assists and freshman Gabby Mallette registered three solo blocks, the most by a Gator since Dec. 3, 2011 (Kristy Jaeckel, at UNI).

Up next, the Gators continue their road swing, traveling to Starkville to take on Mississippi State on Sunday afternoon.

SWIMMING: The Florida swimming and diving teams completed day one of the All-Florida Invitational Friday with both the men and women in first place. The Gator women have are in the lead with 342.5 points over second place Florida State with 226.5 points, while the men currently have 342 points for first place with Florida State in second with 284.

The Gators were led by junior Elizabeth Beisel on the women’s side. Beisel won two events, as she took first in the 500 freestyle in a NCAA “B” cut time of 4:47.07 and followed that with another win and NCAA “B” time in the 200 IM (2:00.66).

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Tickets are now on sale for the Gators’ season, which gets under way Nov. 9 in the O’Connell Center, with tip-off scheduled for 4 p.m.

The season opener against Fairfield will be played hours prior to Gator Growl which marks the culmination of UF’s homecoming festivities and brings together students, alumni, staff and faculty and begins at 7 p.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

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