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VOLLEYBALL CENTRAL: UT at #13 Florida

Nov. 3, 2012


TENNESSEE (16-6, 9-4) at FLORIDA (19-3, 13-0)
Nov. 4, 2012   |   2:00 p.m. ET
O'Connell Center   |   Gainesville, Fla.

THE FLORIDA MATCH
  • Facing one its most-played opponents, Tennessee will take on SEC-leading Florida for the first and only time this season on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.
  • Florida currently holds a 42-11 advantage in the all-time series, but the Lady Vols pulled off the season sweep of the Gators last season.
  • Last season, the Big Orange topped the then-sixth ranked Gators in a thrilling five set match, 25-21, 20-25, 25-21, 19-25, 18-16, in Gainesville and up-ended Florida in four sets at home en route to UT's first outright SEC title.
  • This match marks the 29th meeting in Gainesville, where Florida has defended its home court 23 out of 28 times against Tennessee. Prior to last season, the Lady Vols last win in Gainesville came in five sets on Nov. 14, 2004.
  • There have been 33 three-set matches played between the two sides, 12 four-setters and only eight five-setters. However, since 2004 - the teams have played five four set matches and four five set matches.
  • Head Coach Rob Patrick is 6-28 against the Florida Gators.

SCOUTING THE GATORS

  • After sweeping Georgia on Friday, the Gators enter the matchup at 19-3 overall and sit atop the SEC with a perfect 13-0 league record. Florida had won 14 consecutive matches until then-No. 12 Florida State swept UF in a non-conference matchup last week.
  • Florida is 13-2 in three set matches, with nine of those sweeps coming in conference action. Florida beat Georgia, 25-15, 25-23, 25-14 on Friday night. In addition to Florida State, the Gators also lost to then-No. 2 Texas and then-No.9 and now-No.1 Stanford.
  • With the exception of digs and assists, Florida ranks in the top four in every statistical category in the SEC. The Gators lead the league in hitting percentage (.310) and aces (1.51), and rank second in kills per set (14.16), third in opponent hitting percentage (.171). The Gators' attacking clip ranks them second in the nation, while their kills per set average comes in at 15th.
  • Upperclassmen Chloe Mann and Tangerine Wiggs rank first and second, respectively, in hitting percentage in the SEC. Mann leads the team with a .448 clip, while Wiggs is hitting .403. Mann also ranks fifth in the league in kills per set (3.83) and rookie Ziva Recek is fourth in the category with 3.83 kills per game. Mann is also sixth in the SEC in blocks (1.09).
  • Florida's setter, junior Taylor Brauneis, tops the conference in assists pet set (11.36), while sophomore Taylor Unroe ranks second in aces per game (0.34).
  • Mary Wise is in her 22nd year leading the Florida volleyball team and is currently the eighth-winningest active coach in the NCAA and nation's winningest coach since 1991. A two-time AVCA Coach of the Year and 12-time SEC Coach of the Year, she has UF to the Final Four seven times and is 678-78 at Florida.

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