Gators taken to limit by Aggies before win
Published: Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 11:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 11:41 p.m.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Stellar performances by senior middle blocker Chloe Mann, freshman right-side hitter Alex Holston and junior libero Taylor Unroe pushed the No. 5 Gator volleyball team to a five-set victory, 24-26, 25-23, 25-8, 24-26, 16-14, over Texas A&M Sunday afternoon at Reed Arena. It was Florida's second straight five-set win at Texas A&M.
Unroe was effective from behind the service line, smashing a career-high six service aces, including back-to-back aces to seal the match. Her serve on match point rolled off the top of the tape and dropped untouched to give the Gators (22-2, 11-1 SEC) the 16-14 fifth set victory.
Mann had a career performance against the Aggies (11-10, 3-7), crushing 22 kills, a new career high. Mann hit a match-high .606 and added three blocks for a career-high 24 points. Holston tallied a career-high 21 kills, including six in both the second and fourth sets, hitting .459 on the afternoon.
For the second straight match, four Gators tallied double-figure kills and double-digit digs. Offensively, Mann had 22 kills, followed by Holston (21), Gabby Mallette (10) and Ziva Recek (10). Defensively, Florida was led in digs by junior Holly Pole (14), Recek (14), Unroe (12) and Nikki O'Rourke (10).
The Gators twice dug themselves out of a large deficit, coming back from down 16-9 in the second set to edge the Aggies, 25-23, behind the serve of junior defensive specialist Madison Monserez. Florida was also down by six in the fourth set and stormed back to get to match point, but A&M saved the set and went on to force the fifth and decisive stanza.
The Gators enter their bye week and are off until they host South Carolina on Nov. 13, a match that will be televised on ESPNU and begin a stretch of UF playing five matches in eight days.