Roundup: Volleyball downs MSU in SEC opener


Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 12:58 a.m.

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The No. 3 Florida volleyball team opened Southeastern Conference play with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-11) sweep of Mississippi State on Friday night.

Florida was led by sophomore outside hitters Gabby Mallette and Ziva Recek, who both turned in double-digit kills against MSU. Mallette led all hitters with a match-high 11 kills, while Recek tallied 10 kills to go along with nine digs for a near double-double.

Senior middle blocker Chloe Mann turned in her fifth errorless match of the season, hitting .538 with seven kills against Mississippi State. Mann is hitting .465 for her career, as she is the NCAA active leader in the category and sits just behind NCAA record-holder Penn State’s Arielle Wilson (.468) in career hitting percentage.

Florida is now 43-0 all-time against Mississippi State and the Gators haven’t dropped a set to the Bulldogs since 2009.

SOCCER: At Oxford, Miss., four goals by four different Gators gave No. 7 Florida a 4-1 win over No. 24 Mississippi in front of 1,023 fans at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium. It was the Southeastern Conference road opener for the Gators. Florida opened the match scoring on its first three shots to put the team up 3-0 after just 16 minutes of play.

A cross from Annie Speese into the center of the box ended with Savannah Jordan hitting her 11th goal of the season at 4:32. Then, Pamela Begic scored at 13:23 off of Jordan’s first collegiate assist. It was Begic’s third goal of the season. Then it was Begic’s turn for an assist, finding sophomore Claire Falknor with space and time in the box. Falknor turned and put it in the net for her first goal of the season at 15:10.

MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING: Florida jumped out to early leads during the first day of competition at the three-day Pinch A Penny All Florida Invitational at the O’Connell Center. The Gators notched six NCAA provisional marks on the first day of competition.

Florida captured all four relay events and 10 of 12 events overall. Senior Elizabeth Beisel led the women with a pair of victories in the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle. On the men’s side, a Gator touched in first in all three individual swimming events.

The meet features six programs from the state of Florida: Florida State, Miami, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida Southern, North Florida and Nova Southeastern. The event consists of morning preliminary sessions each day and finals sessions each evening. Sessions for today and Sunday begin at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Diving is taking place approximately one hour after the morning session on Saturday.

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: At Titusville, freshman cross country athlete Carlos Miranda notched his first collegiate victory as a Gator in the men’s 5k at the FLRunners.com Invitational 14 at Chain of Lakes Park as Florida took top honors in the men’s college competition on Friday evening.

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