Roundup: UF volleyball handles LSU

Published: Friday, November 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 1:19 a.m.

BATON ROUGE, La. — The No. 5 Florida volleyball team had one of its most balanced matches of the year, defeating LSU in four sets (25-19, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16) Friday evening at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge.

Sophomore outside hitter Ziva Recek led all players with 16.5 points on the evening, tallying 13 kills and 15 digs for her 16th career double-double and the seventh of 2013. Senior CLASS Award finalist Chloe Mann registered a match-high .522 hitting percentage with 14 kills on 23 swings.

Junior libero Taylor Unroe matched her season high with 21 digs, while sophomore defensive specialist Nikki O’Rourke scooped a career-high 19 digs.

Swimming and diving: Florida picked up a split against SEC rival Georgia at the O’Connell Center. The No. 2 Gator men (3-0, 2-0 SEC) extended its unbeaten dual streak to 18 with a 179-119 victory over No. 6 Georgia. The No. 5 Gator women (1-2, 1-1 SEC) won nine of 16 events, but could not match the depth of No. 2 Georgia, and fell by a score of 162-136.

Combined, the Gator men and women tallied up 21 NCAA qualifying times. The men were responsible for 14 NCAA provisional marks while showcasing their strengths from top to bottom against a talented Georgia men’s team. Florida touched the wall first in 11 of 16 events and swept the diving and relay events.

Seven different men earned victories on the day. Senior Brad deBorde delivered a pair of first place swims in the sprint events to lead the Gators. Junior Zach Hernandez swept the springboard events.

In the women’s meet, sophomore Natalie Hindsswept the sprint events and placed first in the 100 butterfly and senior Elizabeth Beisel swept the distance events and won the 200 butterfly to lead the Gators with three wins apiece. Sophomore Sinead Russell produced a pair of victories in the backstroke events.

“There were a lot of great races for the first of November,” UF coach Gregg Troy said. “There were some world class performances and some really good racing.

“I’m really pleased with the women’s team. This is two back-to-back meets with two of the top teams in the nation (No. 1 California two weeks ago). We are a little bit slim depth-wise, but the women distance events was spectacular today.”

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