UF roundup: Gator volleyball sweeps away Tide

Published: Friday, October 19, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The No. 11 Florida volleyball team continued its unbeaten streak in conference play, as the Gators swept the Alabama Crimson Tide in three sets (25-19, 25-16, 25-14) on Friday night at Foster Auditorium.

UF (16-2, 10-0 SEC) has won 13 straight matches dating back to its four-set defeat at the hands of then-No. 7 Stanford at the Nike Big Four Classic. Alabama falls to 14-8 on the year and 3-7 in SEC play.

“Tonight was one of those matches I was a little concerned about coming into because we only play Alabama once and they’ve been playing well all year,” Florida head coach Mary Wise said. “They’re dangerous at home and they have a great atmosphere.”

Junior middle blocker Chloe Mann had a strong night for the Gators, tallying a match-high 13 kills with just one error for a .750 hitting percentage. Friday night was Mann’s eighth match of the season hitting above .500 and the Eastside graduate is now hitting .435 on the year.

The Gators held the Tide to just .036 on the night, the lowest hitting percentage for a Florida opponent since Oct. 9, 2011 vs. LSU (.027). The Gators hit .405 on Friday, the second-highest hitting percentage in SEC play for the Gators. Junior Taylor Brauneis dished out 37 assists, adding three kills and four digs.

The Gators travel to College Station, Texas, on Sunday for a televised matchup with SEC West leader Texas A&M. First serve is set for 2 p.m. on ESPNU.

SOCCER: At Tuscaloosa, Ala., the No. 11 Gators (12-4-1, 9-2 SEC) lost 1-0 to the Crimson Tide (8-7-2, 3-6-2 SEC) with the lone goal coming from Katie Bourgeois. It was the Tide’s first win over the Gators in the all-time 19-match series and the loss snapped Florida’s nine-match win streak.

The win aids the Tide, as they are now among a three-way tie for ninth in the overall SEC standings, moving themselves up into a spot which would advance to the SEC Tournament’s 10-team field.

The three teams leading the SEC heading into the weekend — UF, Texas A&M and Missouri — all lost by a goal Friday.

Florida continues SEC road play Sunday when it meets Vanderbilt (5-8-5, 2-5-4 SEC). Match time is set for 2 p.m. and can be seen live on Sun Sports.

WOMEN'S SWIMMING: At Dallas, Florida finished the first day of competition at the SMU Classic in third place with 145 points. Southern California is leading after day one with 185 points, followed by North Carolina with 149.5 points.

The teams competed in nine events, beginning with the 400 medley relay. Florida's group of freshman Ashlee Linn, junior Hilda Luthersdottir, freshman Lindsey McKnight and freshman Natalie Hinds took third place in a time of 3:41.72.

Junior Elizabeth Beisel had a second place finish in the 400 IM touching in a time of 4:07.59 and sophomore Rebecca Rainer came in ninth with a 4:18.03. In the 200 free, senior Jamie Bohunicky took fourth (1:49.39) and McKnight was ninth (1:48.73).

Hinds had a strong night, collecting two top-six finishes after coming in second in the 50 free in 23.18 and fourth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.75. Junior Kaitlin Frehling finished eighth in both the 50 free (23.43) and the 100 fly (54.69).

In the 100 backstroke, Linn earned a fifth place finish with a time of 56.27. Beisel was first in the consolation final, finishing seventh overall in a time of 54.71. Luthersdottir finished third in the 100 breast (1:02.57) and Rainer was 10th (1:04.98).

Diving for Florida was freshman Emily Mosher. Mosher took fourth on the one-meter diving event with a score of 243.10.

The Gators rounded out the evening with a third-place finish in the 800 free relay, as the group of Linn, Bohunicky, Beisel and McKnight clocked in at 7:21.37.

The Gators will compete in the last night of the SMU Classic on Saturday night beginning at 7:30.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: At Tampa, Florida's Alexandra Cercone, Danielle Collins, Brianna Morgan and Sofie Oyen each won two singles matches and advanced to the round of 16 at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships at the USF Varsity Courts.

"Overall, we played very well today," UF coach Roland Thornqvist said. "Our freshmen continue to improve each match and that's great to see. Tomorrow will be a much tougher day for everyone and we're excited for the challenges."

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