SIX BITS: Haslem, volleyball, WNIT, golf, swimming

By Adam Silverstein
November 22, 2010

1 » Injured Saturday while facing the Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his left foot and is expected to be out until at least the NBA All-Star break in February – if not longer. Haslem’s injury – should it require surgery – could keep him out the entire regular season though he would likely be able to return for the playoffs.

2 » No. 1/1 Florida Gators volleyball (26-1, 19-0 SEC) continued its roll through the Southeastern Conference on Sunday with a 3-1 (25-19, 33-31, 25-27, 25-13) victory over the No. 16 LSU Tigers (24-4, 15-4 SEC) at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, LA. Senior outside hitter Callie Rivers accounted for a career-high 21 kills, and junior outside hitter Kristy Jaeckel registered 15 kills. Junior right-side/setter Kelly Murphy’s dominance continued with her 14th straight double-double; she notched a season-high 31 assists along with 13 kills and eight digs. Florida ends regular season action on Friday on the road at South Carolina before beginning the 2010 SEC Tournament as the likely No. 1 overall seed.

Four more BITS on women’s basketball’s near upset victory, an achievement for men’s golf and updates on swimming and diving…after the break!

3 » Participating in the 2010 Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament, Gators women’s basketball (2-1) ended their efforts early after securing two wins and almost upsetting a talented semifinals opponent. In the first game, Florida defeated the Central Florida Knights 77-67 after being led by freshman guard Jaterra Bonds’ team-high 15 points. The Gators kept the momentum going with a 76-70 victory over the Charlotte 49ers in their second contest as redshirt junior G Jordan Jones posted 19 points. The second win was No. 100 for head coach Amanda Butler.

4 » Unfortunately Florida’s upset bid against the DePaul Blue Demons was thwarted by one mere second in the semifinals as the Gators fell 74-73. Freshman G Kayla Lewis, who tipped in a ball at the buzzer, had her basket denied when the officials ruled the shot was taken after it had sounded. There was not a court-side monitor to review the basket, giving DePaul (3-0) the win. Jones ended up being named to the WNIT All-Tournament Team after totaling 36 points, nine rebounds and six assists over the three games.

5 » If you want to thank someone for the Gators’ men’s golf team’s rise to No. 1 in the SEC, that man would be senior Bank Vongvanij, who was named to the 2010 SEC Fall Golf Honor Roll on Friday. Ranked first individually in the SEC going into the spring season, he recorded three top-five finishes in Florida’s three fall tournaments and won the Isleworth Invitational. UF’s spring season begins with the JU Invitational on Feb. 1.

6 » Though neither took home the win at the 2010 Georgia Tech Invitational over the weekend, the No. 4 men’s (2-1, 2-0 SEC) and No. 4 women’s (2-2, 0-1 SEC) swimming and diving teams each placed in the top three at the end of competition on Saturday. The men finished second with 1,221 points while the women were third with 939 points.

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