Roundup: Volleyball continues home win streak
Published: Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 28, 2013 at 12:03 a.m.
The No. 5 Florida volleyball team used a sweep of Tennessee on Sunday at the Connell Center (25-13, 25-21, 25-15) to continue its undefeated home streak and down the Volunteers for the first time since 2010.
Sophomore Ziva Recek had a hot hand for the Gators with a team-high 16 points, 14 kills and three blocks. Recek notched a .857 hitting efficiency in the first set along with six of her 14 slams. Sophomore outside hitter Gabby Mallette hit .444 and chipped in with nine kills and a solo stuff for 10 points. Freshman right side Alex Holston tied Mallette with nine kills, second most for the Gators (9-1 SEC, 20-2 overall) against the Vols (1-8, 9-14).
Prior to Sunday’s match on Sun Sports, junior Taylor Unroe and senior Taylor Brauneis were honored for reaching career milestones this season. Unroe became the 12th Gator in program history to reach the 1,000 dig plateau earlier this season, and is 8th all-time in digs at Florida with 1,214. Brauneis became a member of the 4,000 assist club and now has 4,331 assists in her career, including 1,999 while at UF.
Florida has strung together an impressive 16-match home win streak dating back to Nov. 16, 2012, including all 12 home matches this season.
“Tennessee is a team that, historically, plays very well in the O’Dome as they did today,” UF coach Mary Wise said. “They were able to get the ball consistently to their middles, who were very productive. It wasn’t until we got on good serving runs, where we could get the ball away from their middles, that we were allowed to run points.
“In the second set, they elevated our game. They played very well and made us play better. I thought the second set was some pretty good volleyball and we got better from that.”
Florida hits the road for its final full SEC road trip, as the Gators take on LSU in Baton Rouge for the first time since 2011. The Gators and Tigers will match up at 8 p.m. Friday. Sunday, UF plays its first nationally televised match of the season with a visit at Texas A&M in College Station at 2 p.m.
Men’s golf: After a strong start to tee off the Invitational at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C, the Gators couldn’t close out the day, sitting 12 strokes off the lead in sixth place
Freshman Ryan Orr was the only Gator to finish at par on the day, matching his career-best round (72) for the third time this fall. Orr made five birdies to push him into the top 10 of the leaderboard and conclude round one in a tie for eighth place.
Women’s golf: Matching a career high, shooting five-under (67), junior Sarah Schober led the Gators to a third-place finish after round one of The Alamo Invitational in San Antonio, Texas. Schober made an extraordinary nine birdies in the first 18 holes of play and shares the top spot on the individual leaderboard.
Two more Florida women shot under-par in round one of The Alamo: redshirt sophomore Katie Mitchell and junior Camilla Hedberg, finishing two-under (70) and one-under (71), respectively.