UF's Mann, Recek receive postseason honors

Florida junior middle blocker Chloe Mann has been named a First Team All-American.

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Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 4:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 4:17 p.m.

The season may be over for the Florida volleyball team, but the postseason honors are still rolling in.

Florida junior middle blocker Chloe Mann has been named a First Team All-American and freshman outside hitter Ziva Recek was honored as the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I National Freshman of the Year.

Recek was joined as an AVCA All-America Honorable Mention selection by junior setter Taylor Brauneis and senior right-side hitter Tangerine Wiggs. Four honorees ties for the most by a single Gator team, as Florida had four athletes honored by the AVCA in 2003 and 2010.

Mann, the SEC Player of the Year and a First Team All-SEC selection, topped the Gators with an NCAA-leading .444 hitting percentage, with 380 kills on the year. Mann, an Eastside High School alum, led Florida with 1.15 blocks per set, good for third in the SEC.

For her career, the junior middle blocker has 532 kills on a .455 hitting average and is on track to break Florida's career hitting percentage record by the end of her senior season.

Mann is also a 2012 CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District honoree and eligible for Academic All-America honors.

Recek, who was also honored as the AVCA South Region and SEC Freshman of the Year, led Florida with 440 kills on the year (4.00 per set) and ranked in the top five in the SEC in kills and points per set (4.45). Recek is the second Gator to receive AVCA National Freshman of the Year, joining Florida's only four-time AVCA All-American Kelly Murphy.

Recek was a four-time SEC Freshman of the Week selection, two-time SEC Offensive Player of the Week honoree and now owns the Florida freshman record for kills in a season, shattering the previous record of 357 shared by Aycan Gokberk and Marcie Hampton. She also owns the freshman records in points (490.0) and attacks (1,166).

Brauneis led the SEC with 11.65 assists per set. A 2011 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention selection while at Louisville, Brauneis has turned in three double-doubles as a Gator and set a new career high with 67 assists against Tennessee.

Wiggs finished second in the SEC and 26th in the NCAA in hitting percentage with a .376 offensive efficiency and was third on the team with 245 kills on the year. Wiggs finished her Florida career with 658 kills and 278 blocks.

With Mann's inclusion as a First Team All-America, she is eligible for National Player of the Year honors.

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