SEC volleyball title all UF's

Betsy Smith, left, and Tangerine Wiggs helped UF beat South Carolina to win the SEC title on Sunday.

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Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 5:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 6:20 p.m.

The No. 16 Florida volleyball team won the Southeastern Conference title outright Sunday with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-19) sweep of South Carolina at the O'Connell Center.

Florida is 23-4 and 17-1 in SEC play with two matches remaining in the regular season. It is the 20th SEC title in the history of Florida volleyball, with all 20 coming under Florida coach Mary Wise.

“This is all about putting ourselves in the best position come selection show,” Wise said. “In the last week of the season, right before the NCAA committee is making their decision, we want to have Florida in the best possible light that we can and we can do that with just four losses, that would be great.

“But most importantly, we want to be playing our best volleyball at the end of the year and that's what we're going to be working on with the players and selling them on.”

The NCAA Selection Show airs on ESPNU at 4 p.m. Sunday. Florida has the SEC's automatic bid for the tournament.

Florida was led by senior middle blocker Betsy Smith and senior right-side hitter Tangerine Wiggs who hit .500 (11 kills) and .444 (10 kills), respectively. Freshman outside hitter Živa Recek contributed a match-high 17 kills and 10 digs.

The Gators hit the road for their final SEC matches of the season, traveling to Auburn and Georgia over Thanksgiving.

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