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UF volleyball in Sweet 16

The Florida volleyball team advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, routing College of Charleston 25-20, 25-16, 25-14 on Saturday in Gainesville.

Chloe Mann had 10 kills and four blocks to go with a match-high .615 hitting percentage for the Gators (27-4). Betsy Smith had eight kills and Tangerine Wiggs seven blocks. Ziva Recek landed four service aces for UF.

Florida capitalized on its size and physical advantage, hitting .315 for the match and holding the Cougars to .079.

Sophomore Sloane White led the Cougars with 11 kills, while junior Emily Neideffer tallied nine kills and a team-best .375 hitting percentage.

Earlier, Florida State was eliminated in five sets by No. 22 Purdue. The ninth-seeded Seminoles (28-4) lost 20-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-23, 11-15, snapping a 27-match win streak at Tully Gym that spanned two years.

The Boilermakers (23-10) were boosted by outstanding defensive play. Purdue had 17 team blocks, by far the most by an FSU opponent this season.

"Certainly we're very proud of the girls on a great season," Seminoles coach Chris Poole said.

Tampa advances

TAMPA — A career performance from senior Danielle Selkridge helped No. 7 Tampa to a 25-22, 21-25, 25-12, 25-11 victory over Palm Beach Atlantic in the region final that sent the Spartans (30-3) to the NCAA Division II Elite 8.

Selkridge had 20 kills and committed a single attack error, good for a .655 hitting percentage. The South Region player of the year blocked four attacks in the final home match of her career.

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