Volleyball's season ends at Austin Regional


Florida Gators head coach Mary Wise sits next to Madison Monserez against the College of Charleston Cougars during the second round match of the NCAA Tournament at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 in Gainesville, Fla. Florida defeated the Cougars 3-0 to advance to the sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament.

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Published: Friday, December 7, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 1:14 a.m.

AUSTIN, Texas — The 14th-seeded Florida volleyball team saw its season come to an end, as the Gators fell in three sets to host Texas, 25-22, 26-24, 25-17.

The Gators (27-5, 19-1 SEC) finished the season as the SEC champions and advanced to their 21st regional semifinal in 22 seasons.

SEC Player of the Year Chloe Mann hit .500 with 14 kills on 22 swings, adding a team-high three blocks for a match-high 16.0 points. AVCA South Region and SEC Freshman of the Year Ziva Recek contributed 11 kills against the Longhorns, while senior Tangerine Wiggs and freshman Gabby Mallette each recorded six.

“Hats off to Texas for as well as they played once again,” Florida head coach Mary Wise said. “We did not serve particularly well and they served very well. Offensively, we were right there. Chloe Mann showed at least the Texas fans that this is a First Team All-American.”

There was no stopping UT's Bailey Webster, who tallied 15 kills on the night.

The Gators keyed in on Big 12 Player of the Year Haley Eckerman, who was held to a .185 offensive efficiency with nine kills.

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