Florida-Florida State rivalry heads to volleyball court tonight
The No. 11 Florida volleyball team will step out of conference tonight for an unusual midseason match against rival No. 12 Florida State at Tully Gymnasium in Tallahassee at 6 p.m.
The match was rescheduled from earlier in the season after the Seminoles had an opportunityt to play a nationall-televised game earlier in the year, prompting the need to change the original date for the match against the Gators.
This is the 52nd meeting between the two teams and Florida has not lost to Florida State since 1994 - winning 1 straight matches.
The Gators are 35-16 all-time against the Seminoles, including 28-2 under Florida head coach Mary Wise. This is the fourth time in the history of the series where both teams have been ranked (2012: UF-11, FSU-12; 2011: UF-9, FSU-25; 2010: UF-3, FSU-13; 1998: UF-9, FSU-21).
The No. 11 Gators (17-2, 11-0 SEC) remained undefeated in conference action over the weekend, sweeping Alabama in Tuscaloosa before winning their second 3-2 comeback thriller in two weeks, this time at Texas A&M. Junior middle blocker Chloe Mann (Gainesville, Fla.), the SEC Offensive Player of the Week, led the way for Florida in both matches, registering a .750 hitting percentage with 13 kills on 16 swings against the Crimson Tide on Friday night.
Wise expects a dogfight.
"It should be quite the battle, kill, kill, and maybe someone can get a stop,'' Wise said. "We expect Tully gym to be rocking; it was two year ago when we played there and they later told us the Fire Marshall had to close the door. We look at this as an NCAA Tournament match without the do-or-die. It will be a really fun match. We look at it as a great opportunity to play a really good team that's going to be in the NCAA Tournament."