Roundup: UF volleyball defeated at Missouri


Published: Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 11:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 11:22 p.m.

The No. 2 UF volleyball team put fell short Sunday, dropping a 3-1 (23-25, 23-25, 25-23, 18-25) match to No. 18 Missouri at the Hearnes Center. Mizzou remains one of two undefeated teams in the NCAA and stands solo atop the Southeastern Conference standings.

Alex Holston led all players with a career-high 17 kills against the Tigers, hitting .583 on the afternoon. Sophomore outside hitter Ziva Recek turned in the 15th double-double of her Gator career, the sixth of 2013, with 15 kills and 10 digs for a match-high 17.5 points.

Next, the Gators return to the O’Connell Center to face Auburn at 7 p.m. on Friday, then take on Tennessee on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. That match will air live on Sun Sports.

Swimming and diving: The Florida women’s team (1-1, 1-0 SEC) won seven of 11 events on the second day of competition, but could not overcome a 135-108 first day deficit to California (3-0, 2-0 PAC 12) and dropped the two-day dual meet by a score of 238-210 at the Spieker Aquatics Center in Berkeley, Calif.

Senior Elizabeth Beisel provided the Gators with a trio of day two victories, including wins in front of Cal freshman and four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin and 2013 NCAA Champion Elizabeth Pelton.

Florida will continue its regular season at home against 2013 SEC and NCAA Champion Georgia on Nov. 1st. The meet is scheduled to begin at noon. The men’s team will also host Georgia.

Women’s tennis: Florida’s Alexandra Cercone advanced to the finals at the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships at Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex after winning a pair of matches on Sunday.

The Gator senior began the day with a match against sophomore teammate Brianna Morgan in the quarterfinals, where she emerged with a 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-2. Cercone, ranked No. 38 in the country, then took down top-seeded and No. 14-ranked Maho Kowase from Georgia, 6-3, 6-4, in the semifinals to log her 98th career singles victory and a spot in the final where she play Georgia’s No. 60 Silvia Garcia at 11 a.m. today.

Garcia reached the final after knocking out UF’s Sofie Oyen in the semifinals.

On the doubles court, the Gator freshmen Kourtney Keegan (Roswell, Ga.) and Belinda Woolcock (Melbourne, Australia) lost their semifinal contest, 8-6, to Georgia’s Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase.

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