opposite hitter Amber McCray (Longview,
Texas) led No. 6 Florida for the second-straight match in kills (14) and
was named tournament MVP as the Gators defeated Illinois State 3-0 (30-24,
30-18, 30-20) to win the Campus USA Credit Union Classic before a crowd of 3,345
people on Saturday at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
(6-1) won their 20th straight regular season home tournament match
and finished undefeated for the 20th time at a regular season home
tournament in head coach Mary Wise’s career at UF. Florida
out-hit Illinois State (4-5) .350-.117 and finished with
more kills (50-38), digs (66-50) and blocks (8.0-4.0).
saw in Illinois State was a team that played very
inspired volleyball,” Wise said. “That’s what we’re going to get time and time
again. We started slowly, but we eventually got going and our players
responded. On any given night, our leader in kills could be any player and it’s
hard to defend all of us.”
players recorded five kills or more, led by McCray, who tallied 14 kills on
.464 hitting. Sophomore middle blocker Kelsey
Bowers (Gainesville, Fla.) also reached double figures with
10 kills on .714 hitting with four blocks. Freshman middle blocker Kristina Johnson (Indianapolis,
Ind.) had eight kills on .636 hitting with
three blocks, while junior outside hitter Marcie
Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) collected eight kills and 10 digs.
setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser,
Mich.) also fared well with 38 assists,
four kills, 13 digs and a block, while freshman libero Elyse Cusack (Melrose,
Fla.) paced all players with
19 digs. Senior defensive specialist Rhian
Davis (Austin, Texas) also reached double figures with 12
and Bowers joined McCray on the All-Tournament Team.
fell behind in the opening game before using a 5-0 to pull even with the
Redbirds midway through and a late 5-0 stretch to pull out a 30-24 win. Illinois State came out firing and surged to a
10-6 lead and later a 13-9 advantage. The Gators then tallied five consecutive
points to move on top 14-13. McGinnis fueled the run with her serve with McCray
and junior Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.)
adding a pair of kills. The teams remained close with neither moving ahead by
more than two points before the Redbirds evened things at 23-23. Florida then went on its
second 5-0 run with Cusack providing the serving as McCray recording a pair of
kills in the stretch as UF moved on top 28-23. The teams traded points before
Bowers ended the game with a kill. McCray tied for game-high honors with six
kills on .600 hitting, while Davis tied for the
game-high with four digs as UF out-hit Illinois State
wasted little time in jumping out of the gate in the second game, cruising to a
30-18 win. Florida
scored eight of the first 10 points in racing out to an 8-2 lead after a
Redbird attack error. Illinois
came as close as five on five occasions, but could never get closer as the
Gators gradually extended their lead before McCray closed out the game with a
kill. Hampton led
all players with five kills in the game with McCray chipping in with four.
Cusack recorded a game-high nine digs, while McGinnis added six.
game was close in the opening stages before the Gators went on a 6-0 run to
take control in a 30-20 victory. The Redbirds again came out fighting and took
a 13-12 lead after a service ace. But Florida
responded with the next six points with freshman defensive specialist Alli Cecchini (Brentwood, Fla.)
holding serve in the run. Bowers fueled the offense with three kills in the
stretch as Florida
moved in front 18-13. Illinois State closed the gap to two at 18-16, but Florida recorded five of the next six points to build an
insurmountable lead before the match ended on a kill from Hampton. Bowers led all players with six
kills on .750 hitting, while Davis and Cusack each recorded eight digs. Florida out-hit the
Redbirds .378 to -.021 in the final game.
Florida will conclude its pre-Southeastern Conference schedule when
the Gators travel to Tallahassee to face Florida State on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. The
contest will be carried live on Sun Sports as well as WRUF-AM 850 and www.GatorZone.com.
Florida A&M 3, Central Florida 1
Andonova led all players with 28 kills on .303 hitting in guiding Florida
A&M (1-5) to its first victory of the season in a 3-1 (30-20, 22-30, 30-23,
30-20) victory against Central Florida.
Royster-Crockett also finished with 20 kills to lead the Rattlers, while libero
Rosa Rojas collected a match-high 34 digs.
Heming paced Central Florida (3-6) with 19
kills on .300 hitting, while Tricia Scott led the Knights with 21 digs.
Campus USA Credit Union Classic
Maina Heming, Central