- Middle Blocker
- Information Sciences & Operations Management
Mann has maintained at least a 3.5 GPA throughout her Gator career & began her first year at Florida as a second semester sophomore due to AP credits. Chloe has already received her bachelor’s and will finish her master’s in 2014. She is a four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient and was a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree in 2012.
Mary Wise had this to say about Chloe: “One would have a difficult time finding a student athlete who has excelled both on the court and in the classroom the way Chloe has at Florida. Although she didn’t enter our program with the accolades the way many AVCA All-Americans do, she did enter UF as a second semester sophomore when she brought with her 45 credit hours of AP work. It was that same work ethic that propelled her from a position off the bench to a starter who set the NCAA record in hitting percentage her junior year. Chloe is one of the greatest success stories in Florida Volleyball history. She represents all that is good in college athletics.”
Mann is a pillar of strength for the team. In 2012, the Gators had just as many newcomers as returners and Chloe stepped into a leadership role to guide the younger Gators to success. She takes her leadership role seriously but understands what a fun opportunity she has in participating in collegiate athletics.
Last year, Chloe was hampered by shin issues. Her ability to practice was incredibly limited throughout the entire season. Despite this, she kept a positive mindset and was able to find the good in getting back to basics. She never missed a match and was named a First Team All-American in the process.
Mann volunteers regularly in the Gainesville community. She helps annually with Gator Tracks, a program developed to provide children throughout Gainesville with new shoes, as well as Climb for Cancer, which allows children’s cancer patients and their siblings a day of fun with Gator student-athletes. Another organization close to Mann’s heart is the Girls Place, a Gainesville center for little girls to grow and gain confidence through after school activities and sports. Mann, having grown up in Gainesville, relishes the opportunity to teach young girls the game she loves and help the sport grow in Gainesville.
Mann came off the bench in her first season before earning the opportunity to start midway through her redshirt sophomore year. Mann took the opportunity to a new level, hitting a remarkable .900 with 18 kills on 20 swings (no errors), the second-highest single-match mark in NCAA history. For the year, Mann led the SEC in hitting efficiency (.500).
Mann had a remarkable junior campaign, topping the Gators with an NCAA-leading .444 hitting percentage, putting down 380 kills on the year. Mann led Florida with 1.15 blocks/set, good for third in the SEC. For her career, the junior middle blocker has 532 kills on a .455 hitting clip and is on track to break Florida’s career hitting percentage record by the end of her senior season. She is a two-time preseason All-SEC selection, the 2012 SEC Player of the Year and was voted a First Team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and Volleyball Magazine.
Florida was 27-5 last fall and won the SEC title with a 19-1 conference record. The Gators fell to eventual national champion Texas in the Sweet 16. Chloe played a huge role in Florida’s success in 2012 and looks to do the same in 2013.