The Florida Gators volleyball team is currently on a 10-game winning streak, as they look to continue their dominance tonight in the O'Connell Center against 15th ranked Kentucky. Both teams are undefeated in SEC play, and a win for either side will give the team a jump in the standings.
Florida hasn't even lost a game within a match since September 14th, with nine out of their 10 wins coming as 3-0 sweeps.
Florida can attribute much of its success to an exceptionally high hitting percentage. Senior Chloe Mann leads that category with .527 (a stat that can be compared to batting average in baseball.) Florida head coach Mary Wise knows how special Mann's year has been hitting with such efficiency.
“For Chloe Mann to be hitting almost 700 in two matches is… it just isn't done,” said Wise. “You have to remember that hitting efficiency is like a baseball hitting percentage. If you have a hitter that was hitting 700 over two league matches, I mean, how impressive is that?”
The team is undefeated at home this season at 8-0. The last time they played in Gainesville they were able to sweep the Texas A&M Aggies. Wise says the game versus A&M showed the strength of this team at the service line.
“As SEC weekends go, that was a great one,” said Wise. “Starting off with last Friday night against Texas A&M in the first set, we got on a great serving run, and the points we've been able to score behind the serving line have really been impressive.”
The Gators are now ranked No. 2 in the nation — one up from last week. The Kentucky Wildcats are up as well to spot No. 15. UF holds a 46-12 edge in the all-time series, with two wins last season and six victories in the last seven contests. But every year is a new year and Wise hopes everyone in Gainesville gets a chance to see the team, starting with tonight.
“Two good matches against two good teams (UF plays Georgia Sunday). Fortunately, we get to play them at home, and hope we can take advantage of it. And for those left in Gainesville, that they'll come out and support us in droves like they did last Friday night,” said Wise.
Tonight's match against Kentucky is set for 6:30 with coverage beginning on ESPN 850 WRUF at 6:20.
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