Mann on mission for record-breaking season
Published: Friday, November 22, 2013 at 7:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 8:26 p.m.
Chloe Mann has taken the phrase 'local athlete does well' to a new level.
LSU at Florida, 7 p.m.
TV: Sun Sports
A fifth-year senior and 2012 first-team All-American who is the reigning SEC Player of the Year, Mann, a former Eastside standout, is poised to finish as the NCAA's all-time leader in career hitting percentage after surpassing the 1,500-attack minimum required during Wednesday's 3-0 win at Tennessee.
Heading into Friday's Senior Night match with LSU in the O'Connell Center at 7, Mann's career mark of .471 is on pace to top current record-holder Arielle Wilson of Penn State (.468) as well as shatter the all-time UF mark of .424 set by Heather Wright (1997-2000).
“I'm hoping that the Eastside High School community and all the folks that were a part of Chloe Mann's childhood and helped make her who she is and helped raise her into the special woman she is, that they'll come out and help us recognize one of the most elite players to come through this program while being the consummate student-athlete,” Florida head coach Mary Wise said.
“Think about it. All of the great players who have played the sport of volleyball, and she's going to own a career statistic. That alone is something worth celebrating.”
Mann led the nation with a .444 hitting percentage last year and ranks No. 1 again this season with an even better mark of .500, leading the SEC for the third straight year.
She also has earned Academic All-SEC honors every year, already has her bachelor's degree and is enrolled in dual masters programs.
“It's been a long, exciting, wild, crazy ride,” Mann said.
“It's definitely rewarding to know the accumulation of everything I've worked for since I first started playing volleyball is coming to fruition.”
Mann and fellow senior Taylor Brauneis, a 2012 first-team All-SEC setter, will be honored before Friday's match.
“We'd love for folks to come out and help us applaud both Chloe and Taylor B's careers,” Wise said.
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