setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.)
tallied 34 assists, eight digs, six kills and six blocks as the No. 10 University of Florida
volleyball team swept Auburn 30-19, 30-21, 30-15 before a crowd of 1,642
Wednesday evening at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
(9-2 overall, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) won their 24th
consecutive match against the Tigers (9-5, 1-2) in holding Auburn
to just -.034 hitting – a season best on the part of Florida. The Gators finished with more kills
(43-32) and blocks (11.0-6.5), while recording a hitting efficiency of .303.
“This is a
team that needed to play at home,” Florida
coach Mary Wise said. “As many matches as we played in a 10-day span – it took
its toll. We had a total team effort tonight. Considering the number of matches
we played in the last 10 days, I’m really proud of this team for playing with
so much energy.”
Junior Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona,
Fla.) paced the Gators with 10 kills,
while freshman middle blocker Kristina
Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) collected eight kills on .571
hitting with a pair of blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Kelsey Bowers (Gainesville,
Fla.) led the Gators with
seven blocks and added six kills.
libero Rhian Davis (Austin,
Texas) finished in double digits in digs
for UF with 10 as did junior outside hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville,
Fla.), who also had 10.
six block assists, McGinnis’ career total now stands at 203 – just two blocks
shy of the Florida
record for setters of 205 held by Jen Sanchez.
had little trouble in disposing of the Tigers in an opening game 30-19 win. Florida recorded the
first four points of the frame on kills from
McGinnis and Hampton and a pair
of Tiger attack errors. The Gators gradually extended their advantage until
moving on top 13-6 following another Auburn attack
error. The Tigers mounted a run to bring the score back to four points at
14-10. The Gators responded with nine of the next 11 points to surge ahead
23-12. Davis served four of the points,
including an ace, while junior opposite hitter Amber McCray (Longview,
Texas) added a pair of block
assists and a kill. Auburn
never came closer than eight points the rest of the way before the game ended
with a Johnson offspeed kill. McGinnis tied for game-high honors with four
kills on 1.000 hitting, while Hampton
tallied a team-high five digs. Bowers led all players with three blocks in the
game, while the Gators out-hit Auburn
.353 to -.057.
Auburn took an early lead before the
Gators used a 5-1 run to take control in a 30-21 win. The Tigers jumped out to
an early 10-7 lead before the Gators fought back to tie things at 10-10 on a
kill from McCray, an Auburn ball handling error and a tandem block from
McGinnis and Bowers. The Tigers again went out in front and led 13-11 before
the Gators scored five of six points to move out in front for good at 16-14
after an Auburn attack error. The Gators went
on top 20-16 following an Auburn attack error and after a kill from the Tigers,
recorded four consecutive blocks to jump in front 24-17. Hampton and Bowers
combined for the first two before McGinnis and Bowers joined up for the second
two. The Tigers never threatened for the remainder of the game before it ended
with an Auburn attack error. The Gators held
Auburn to -.023 hitting, while McCray tied for game-high honors with four kills
with Bowers and McGinnis each recording four block assists as UF recorded 6.0
blocks in the game.
dominated the third in final game in a 30-15 win. Florida scored eight of the first 10 points
in forcing the Tigers to take an early timeout after an ace from Killingsworth
made the score 8-2. Florida surged even further ahead after a kill from
McGinnis gave the Gators a 14-6 lead and Auburn never came closer than five
points the rest of the way before Hampton closed out the match with a kill from
the back row. Killingsworth had a game-high six kills on .400 hitting to lead
UF, while Davis
collected five digs for the Gators.
Florida returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 24 when the Gators host Alabama at 1:30 p.m.
(ET) at the O’Connell Center. The contest will be carried live on WRUF-AM 850
and www.GatorZone.com. It can also be
seen live via GatorVision Online.